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Feb 1, 2016

3 Men Charged for Weekend Murder in Belize City

Marian Castillo

There’s another murder to report for which three men charged in the home invasion of Sarkis Abou Nehra are prime suspects. This weekend in Belize City, thirty-two year old Marian Castillo of Georgetown, Stann Creek District was fatally stabbed just before one o’clock on Saturday morning, as he walked with a female friend on Mahogany Street Extension. This morning, a trio was arraigned for Castillo’s murder in the court of Magistrate Deborah Rogers. They are Brandon Baptist, and brothers, John and Sheldon Grinage.  The three men were out on bail for the offenses of abetment to rape, aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary in respect of the December 2015 home invasion at the Burrell Boom home of Lebanese Consul, Sarkis Abou Nehra. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

This morning at the Magistrate’s Court, siblings John and Sheldon Grinage and Brandon Baptist were arraigned for the weekend stabbing murder of thirty-two year old Marian Castillo. Castillo, a resident of Georgetown Village, Stann Creek was visiting with friends for the weekend when he was allegedly stabbed to death by the estranged common-law husband of a female companion he was walking with on Mahogany Street Extension. The homicide occurred in the wee hours of Saturday morning, just before one o’clock, and it is believed that it was prompted by jealousy.

 

Denise Flowers

Denise Flowers, Mother of Brandon Baptist

“Dehn police well and know weh di go on out yah. They well and know that this thing yah dah wah love triangle. They know dah wah love triangle and dehn know that Brandon Baptist did not kill nobody and they know that for a fact and they know who dah the killer. They need to get their investigation straight. They need to hold that certain young lady and question that young lady because she is a part of it. If she never bring the young man around yah, how the young man mi wah get stab? She got two man; she wah bring one of the man around here when she knows that ih have wah jealous baby father. That is provocation.”

 

After Castillo was stabbed, he reportedly ran to the police substation on Mahogany Street and then rushed to the K.H.M.H.; he died less than an hour later from a single stab to the abdomen.

 

The Grinage brothers and Baptist were recently accused in the home invasion at the Burrell Boom home of the Lebanese Consul, Sarkis Abou Nahra. They were the first to be charged along with three others for Aggravated Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Rape, Handling Stolen Goods and Theft on December seventh.

 

Brandon Baptist

Denise Flowers

“As far as I know, according to what I’m hearing, he gone fi path this thing. He end up ina this thing we he noh business ina. And to me, I feel like the law, the police dehn noh di be fair ina life. When it comes to Brandon Baptist, it’s like the police dehn have wah problem like Brandon Baptist dah the biggest and baddest man ina Belize. If ih do wah crime, unu charge ahn. No because unu noh like ahn, unu fi bring ahn down like this. How in the world the police wah charge three man fi one murder? How in the world? That sound stupid; the police di punk. The police dehn know. And I noh go off fi nothing because I know my law and I know my rights out here.”

 

Duane Moody

“You are saying that it was only one person that stabbed Marian Castillo and it wasn’t your son?”

 

Denise Flowers

“I noh know dah whosoever, whatever…but I noh sure. I can’t swear for no one. But I know weh my son capable ah do. I know my son bad, but I know weh he wa capable of doing and he is not a murderer.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

In court, no plea was taken from them and due to the nature of the offense, the men were all remanded into prison until April 29, 2016.

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7 Responses for “3 Men Charged for Weekend Murder in Belize City”

  1. Timber says:

    Ahhhh, predicted this. They came right out and committed an even more egregious crime. They should have never been given bail in the first place because besides the burglary, they were a part of a group that committed an even more serious offense of rape along with a weapon. The legal system and the hustling of lawyers, judges and the ineptitude of the police in Belize are all one to laugh at. Now what?

  2. Kay says:

    One thing I’ve learned from my father he always used to say “Don’t swear for anybody but yourself not even for your children. You don’t know what they do when they’re not in your sight”.

  3. Concern Belizean says:

    The police has to be smarter that these criminals, think like these criminals, gather the evidence, document, look at the difference crimes they have committed, there is always a pattern. They need to put these guys under surveillance; they will eventually fall for it again. It’s the same criminals doing crime after crime because they know they can get away with it.

  4. Moses says:

    Ahh Belize Kriol mothers. Not my son. The police no like ah. Ignorant uneducated ghetto woman whose vaginal rights should have been taken away so she couldn’t bring forth scum to terrorize law abiding people.

  5. unkown isis says:

    if you guys(Timber,Kay,Moses) does not no anyting shut the fock up and stop judge.You dont no about see and dont touch,see and dont say,taste but dont swallow…..(devil advocate)
    we are profets that is showing belize that.If you are recognize by the law nuh matter what its very hard to come out a their spot lite.at this present moment all getho youths except me cause i see it long time,is being puppetted by strings by the government.they control the getho youths.
    Sooooooo this all boils down to the government is the key to what is happening in society ritenow.
    Jah knows,watch and knows everyone mentality.

  6. ISIS ISIS says:

    @timber.
    You is god for the predicting,when will you die predic that.
    sooooooon cause a the judge.

  7. ISIS ISIS says:

    Cause the police they they nuh like my clients does not mean that they should be charge and put in prison for something they do not do.
    Behold i send you as sheep amidst to wolf.
    those guys are the sheep and the government is the wolf.
    jah is watching all the wolf i guaranteed.
    Wolf the get weh in this world but the next worl they will punish for the rest a life…………….

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