A “Princess” slain: Indira Thompson stabbed to death over sex rejection
The life of one person was cut short at the start of the Easter holidays in the City and it was a mentally challenged woman. Indira “Princess” Thompson lived her life on the streets when she was not at the Welcome Resource Center located in Lake Independence. Early Friday morning, she was stabbed multiple times near an abandoned structure in the area of the old Bellevue Hotel in Southern Foreshore. The motive behind the crime becomes even more hideous since her stabbing death was motivated by her refusal to have sex with a man still on run. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.
Isani Cayetano, Reporting
What possesses an individual to turn a knife or an edged instrument on a woman suffering from a mental disorder? It is alleged that Indira ‘Princess’ Thompson was approached somewhere in the vicinity of Southern Foreshore and propositioned by an unknown person. When she reportedly refused the sexual offer the encounter became violent. Joyce Ellis has dealt with Thompson as a visitor at the Welcome Resource Center and is troubled by news of the tragedy.
Joyce Ellis, Administrator, Welcome Resource Center
“For me it was sad because even though these people have a mental condition they have desires and they know what they want and what they don’t want. And refusing sex is not a reason for anybody to harm you in that way. Even though she has a mental illness, she also can make choices.”
It is unclear what transpired here near the location of the old Bellevue Hotel. The ruins of the building is said to be frequented by the homeless, as well as other unsavory types. According to police, Thompson was stabbed multiple times to the body when she turned down the come-on. Despite her mental condition, Princess was always welcomed at Mel’s Beauty Salon, where proprietor Melissa Flowers had befriended her.
Melissa Flowers, Proprietor, Mel’s Beauty Salon
“It really breaks me down because I say, you know, she was a human being just like all of us and I think her death wasn’t to be like that where she died.”
Thompson is described as friendly and jovial.
“Indira is a very outgoing individual. She’s friendly and likes to dress up. She comes here on occasions and all she wants to do is party. She always thinks about partying and for the most part she is what we would say as a person who is in her own world and likes to do things that please herself. Besides that, people deemed her to be homeless but she’s not. She has a place where she can live but because of her mental condition she chose to live the way she’s living.”
“She was always a welcomed person here at my shop. I always treated her the same as others… Not because she can’t pay me to do her hair I won’t accept her in my shop. She was always a number one priority customer to me also. The fun with her is that she always wanted me to do her hair like gelling her hair down and to the end she always wanted that glitter in her hair. So that was the best part of it for me doing her hair. And the other part, she was fun to my customers because like if she wanted a dollar or two she would say come let me do a dance for you and that was always Princess, always entertaining and letting people [be] smiling.”
The deadly attack raises questions among advocates for persons living with mental illness, particularly about their wellbeing at night.
“What does that mean, from your point of view, for these people here at the facility who are often times out on the street as well and would be facing these kinds of situations where people are either propositioning them for sex or what have you?”
“For us Isani, here at the center it’s a place, it’s a drop-in. It’s like a center that you only come during the day. Now most of these incidents take place at night. So for us, our participants and the population that we serve they don’t really have anywhere to go during the night time so they would find any abandoned building and they will coop up there just to feel welcomed and loved by the group of people that they are always around with. So during the day it’s nice for them to come here and they have a relaxing time but after they leave here at three it’s a worry for us.”
Belize City police are yet to make an arrest, despite a vague description of Thompson’s attacker being a male of Hispanic descent.
“It’s a very sad moment for us here at the center, not only for Indira and the loss to the family but for people suffering from mental illness all over this country because they are always being taken advantage of because of their situation.”
Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.