Parolee misses halfway-house date
WANTED: He killed transgendered hooker in 2003
Police believe a man convicted of killing a transgendered prostitute may be on the loose in the Downtown Eastside.
After 35-year-old Jatin Patel failed to report to his halfway house on Sept. 10, a Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued. Patel — a.k.a. “Little J” — was convicted of manslaughter for the 2003 slaying of a 40-year-old transgendered prostitute in North Vancouver.
Patel’s parole conditions state he is not allowed to be in or near locations where prostitutes work.
According to court documents, Patel told police he “freaked out” while he was with the prostitute, and killed her.
Patel arrived in Canada on May 27, 2003, after he’d served a 60month jail term in the U.S.
He checked into a North Vancouver hotel and cabbed to Vancouver, where he picked up sextrade worker Shelby Tracey Tom, and returned to his hotel for sex.
When Patel determined Tom was transsexual he assaulted and killed her. He placed her naked body in the hotel-room closet and covered her with linen.
With the body still in the room, Patel went out to the motel lobby and struck up a conversation with another woman named Kara Martin, paid her $100 to buy some cocaine, returned to the room with her and had sex.
According to court documents, Patel admitted the crime to Martin.
The North Shore News reported that, in court, Patel’s defence lawyer Brian Coleman said Patel had been sexually assaulted by men while in a U.S. jail.
“Any male can appreciate the significance of what happened to Patel,” Coleman said in court. “If he’d known in advance Ms. Tom was a transgendered individual, he would likely have said ‘thank you but no thank you.’ ”
Patel was charged with seconddegree murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Patel is described as Indo-Canadian, five feet two inches and 130 pounds.
He has short black hair, brown eyes, and a scar on his abdomen. He has a large tattoo of an Indian god on his upper back.
“It is thought Patel may be in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside,” said VPD Const. Lindsey Houghton.