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Sep 13, 2011

Family of Elston Gentle suspicious of circumstances surrounding death?

Elston Gentle

On Monday we reported the death of Elston Gentle; he was badly beaten by Mahogany Heights residents who intervened in a domestic dispute between him and his common-law-wife on Friday. Gentle, a repeat domestic abuse offender, had stabbed Yvonne Smith numerous times and neighbors had to physically wrestle him away from her. But Gentle’s family alleges that he suffered an additional beating at the hands of police officers since both of his feet were fractured. His niece, Sharon Rojas, told News Five today that they are even more suspicious about his death after they were blocked by the police from taking pictures of his injuries at the morgue. Rojas says they are taking legal action against the department.

Sharon Rojas, Niece of Elston Gentle

“Our concern is, how could a man that his feet are broken could have walked from Mahogany Heights to La Democracia, which is about three miles or two miles. So we know that his feet were not broken because he could not walk on two broken feet to La Democracia. So our allegation is that the police had something to do with the breaking of his feet. He was beaten because he is bruised. So the officer then went inside and said I’m going to confirm and let the other officer who is inside know and he too went inside, locked the door and didn’t come back out.  We are asking why is the reason that we cannot take the photos. I was even told by the officer that after I identified the body, we would be allowed to go in a snap the photos. So I went in, I identified the body and up to now we are not allowed to take any photos. And we want to know what is it that the police are covering that they do not want us to take the photos.”

Delahnie Bain

Sharon Rojas

“And these photos would be used as evidence? Are you taking legal action?”

Sharon Rojas

“Yes, these pictures would have been used as evidence because we intend to take legal action.  The man who hit him said he only hit him with the board so that he would remove himself from the young woman or the lady that he was beating on. So we want to know how were his feet broken in the custody of police and the bruises all over. Then he has some stabs in the back. He has three stabs in the back. And it’s not with a knife, it’s a pick. It’s like an ice pick. So we want to know the whole story.  I want to say that I hold no grudges against anyone, we just want justice to be done. That’s all we’re asking. I don’t have anything in my heart against anyone because God is a God who wants us to forgive. So I haven’t held anything against anyone but we just want the truth because yes, he was not perfect and yes, he did things that were wrong. But he also had a family that loves him and would have preferred to see him taken into custody and let the court take their due process.”

Rojas says they are also awaiting the results of the post mortem to determine what injuries caused Gentle’s death. On Monday, police said that Gentle died before entering the police station on Queen Street after he had been released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

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12 Responses for “Family of Elston Gentle suspicious of circumstances surrounding death?”

  1. Storm says:

    Gentle had a most inappropriate name. I mourn the loss of every life, but that is the life he chose.

    I also sympathize with his victims, and it is good there will not be any more.

  2. MADDYVANDIJKDEREALISTO says:

    Dear Sharon,

    Shut the hell up, you are just as heartless as your uncle, no remorse for his victims as well.

    Gentle was a really sick individual, and the police should have never let him back into society, but they did, which is why we are still having this discussion.

    Truth is, no one really gives a $#!%that the animal is dead.

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Why was this man out on the streets when the news clearly states that he is a repeated offender?The system is to blame for all this bs.

  4. Islander says:

    I hope if a man is ever stabbing this woman to death that no one intervenes and just call the cops. I am disgusted by women who uphold men that not only abuse the women they claim to love but go to the extreme of using deadly force.

    Once you are stabbing someone “regardless of the knife size ” you are using deadly force . The law states that a similar amount of force can be applied in order to stop the attack. Even if the autopsy reveals that he died from the blows by the neighbors NO prosecutor with some sense will press charges ESPECIALLY A FEMALE PROSECUTOR .

  5. Val says:

    Well done POl

  6. Oh please! says:

    Sharon, your uncle got what he deserved … if I were around, I would have tortured his @$$ myself … please remember what goes around comes around … neighbors, police, it doesn’t matter who did what to him … where were you when he beat up on all those women??? I didn’t here you talking about wanting justice served … gyal please … we got more important issues to deal with, please don’t be wasting our courts time … that’s one less offender off the streets … good riddance!

  7. Someone says:

    Sharon, where is the apology to the lady that can’t taste, can’t smell? Who will compensate her? What did you do to help her when she was abused by your uncle? I know that if it was you who had suffered the abuse, you would be satisfied to see him go.

  8. Belize1265 says:

    I agree the media houses should not even entertain her, she should be locked up in jail for wanting to defend this man, someone should shut her up..or stab her and tell her sorry please forgive me..!

  9. Charlie Price says:

    He tried to be a MESSENGER of DEATH….he got back exactly what he was giving out. He was trying to take a life….his was taken……..SEEMS QUITE FAIR!!!!

    NO CHARGES ON ANYONE……WE NEED MORE UPRIGHT CITIZENS like these.
    People would think twice before committing crimes.

  10. belizeanpride says:

    TYPICAL FAMILY MEMBER OF A CRIMINAL, no remorse for the victims only for the criminal. what a shame woman grow up and let the street justice take place since our justice system is a joke.

  11. Earl Grey says:

    Sharon SHOULD KEEP HE HEAD LOW at this time.

    THERE IS NO WAY THAT SHE COULD DEFEND WHAT HER BROTHER WAS DOING.

  12. RAGGA says:

    CAN A POLICE PLZ ARREST THIS LADY SHE WILL DEFINATLEY HARBOR A CRIMINAL THAT IS DANGEROUS OUT THERE SHE NEEDS TO STOP PEOPLE OUT THERE IS HURT BY THIS MURDER HE IS OUT A LONG TIME AGO THIS NOT HIS 1ST CRIME HE DID ONE B4 WHERE HE CHOPPED UP THE LADY AND PUT HER IN A PIGTAIL BUCKET THATS WAT U ALL FAMILY MEMBER SHOULD TALK ABOUT

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