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Feb 21, 2018

In Santa Elena, Residents Puzzle over Vicious Murder of Gian Espat

Gian Espat

In the west, a twenty-four year old caretaker was savagely chopped to death. Gian Espat was found dead on Wednesday but was likely murdered two days earlier. His body, already decomposing, was discovered by a friend at the remote farm where he worked in the Trapiche area of Santa Elena. The last time he was seen alive was on Sunday. The motive for the grotesque murder remains unknown. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The signs of no entry and warnings to trespassers didn’t keep a killer or killers out of the Capital Heights Farm in Santa Elena. Sometime between Sunday night and Monday night, twenty-four-year-old Gian Espat was brutally killed inside this small wooden house. Espat was chopped once behind the neck and his blood was drained into a bucket – mimicking the slaughtering of an animal. On Tuesday afternoon, a friend found his decomposing body on a bed inside the house.  Those who knew Espat best were the caretaker of the farm and his wife. The last time he visited the couple was on Saturday. Another friend says that he saw Gian alive on Sunday evening at the farm. But when he never showed up on Monday to collect his pay his boss became concerned.

 

Voice of: Stephanie Caretela, Friend

“As far as I know ah, he mi friendly and helpful because anytime I asked ah fi help me with something he mi come help me. We mi just use to advise him that when he go home dah the farm, mek he go home early. But, what happened, I nuh know what time he gone home because I nuh hear from him since Saturday and he come wah lee while and then he gone. Even he said that Gian nuh come and we nuh know what happened. So, yesterday he texted me and said deh find Gian dead and I tell ah It can’t be.”

 

Espat had only been the watchman for about three months here on this remote property in the Trapiche Area of Santa Elena Town. The property owner lives in the U.S, but a local caretaker hired Espat to work here because he didn’t have any place to go. They say they have no idea why he was killed.

 

Voice of: Stephanie Caretela

“He would sit down yah and talk to we. Sometimes he deh right deh with me and talk and then he pick up himself and go.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And so before that he didn’t have a permanent place where he lived or stayed?”

 

Voice of: Stephanie Caretela

“No, ma’am. Knowing weh he tell me, no. He never really had a home where he could say he could call a home. He had a lee rough life from what I have heard. He had a rough life. We always talked to him and he said he didn’t have anywhere to go so he was glad that he could stay at the farm back there because he had a place to stay.  We just used to talk about work and he used to say he want to learn more about the job but other than that to say he talked to me about any enemies, no.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And you guys can’t imagine why someone would want to kill him?”

 

Voice of: Stephanie Caretela

“No. I don’t know. We always tell Gian to make sure he deh home early and I nuh know how. It is surprising. It is surprising because I don’t know how comes and why they killed him that way.”

 

The caretaker says the assailant or assailants didn’t take any valuables from the two houses on the farm. The only two small items missing are a machete that’s believed to be the murder weapon and one of Espat’s cell phones. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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