Yousef Palani, 22, charged with murdering Grindr hookups


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Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee. Images: Facebook

Irish police yesterday charged 22-year-old Yousef Palani with the murders of Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee. Palani allegedly killed both men and assaulted another after meeting them through Grindr hookups.

The Irish Independent reported a large crowd gathered to watch as police transferred Yousef Palani from the Sligo station to the local courthouse.

The Irish Guarda charged Yousef Palani with the murders of 41-year-old Aidan Moffitt on Sunday and that of 58-year-old Michael Snee whose body was found Tuesday. He also face a charge of seriously assaulting Anthony Burke on April 9. Anthony Burke reportedly attended the remand hearing.

Hate crime

Superintendent Aidan Glacken said following the early morning arrest of Palani that police were investigating the murders as hate crimes.

“We continue to retain an open mind in this investigation. I would like to thank the community for their cooperation and assistance so far. Information received from across the community continues to assist us in our investigation.

“It is indeed heartening to see such cross-community support at this time. However, I continue to appeal to the public for their assistance in that regard. We’re also actively investigating whether there is a hate-related motive to these murders.”

Aiden Moffat and Michael Snee

Earlier, he paid tribute to Aiden Moffat and Michael Snee who he described as well known and respected in the community.

“They were assaulted and murdered in their own homes. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this time and indeed their friends and the wider community in Sligo.”

Superintendent Glacken said police believed the alleged murderer met his victims online.

“Gardaí are also investigating whether Michael and Aidan met their attacker online, meeting people online is a normal activity, it should be a safe activity, but as with any online activity everybody should be aware of personal safety advice which we provide on our website.”

Irish Justice Minister Helen McEntee said she would soon introduce a Hate Crime Bill in response to the ‘atrocious crimes’.

Neither the police nor court officials released any information regarding Yousef Palani other than that he is 22 and unemployed.

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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