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Dec 5, 2011

Grandmother dies from stabbing incident

On Sunday, November twenty-seventh, Castula Westby, a resident of Zericote Street in Belize City, was stabbed numerously; her family says as much thirteen times, while laying asleep inside her bedroom.  The home invasion, it is believed, was the result of enmity between her grandson and a group of young men from the neighborhood over a female acquaintance of his. The sixty-eight year old had been hospitalized at the KHMH since the incident a little over a week ago where she remained in an induced coma.  But over the weekend, Westby succumbed to her injuries following a massive heart attack.  Police Press Officer Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood says they have now moved up their investigation to murder.

Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

“It’s a tragic situation, an aggravated burglary, we tend to want to say home invasion but it’s not listed in the Laws of Belize, and this investigation has been upgraded to a murder.  As you know Ms. Westby succumbed to her injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial [Hospital] over the weekend, actually on Saturday.  We are interviewing several suspects in this murder and we hope to bring some closure to the family soon.”

Isani Cayetano

Fitzroy Yearwood

“Inspector, the grandson of Ms. Westby gave an account of what he believes may have happened based on an altercation, an ongoing rivalry he is having with several others in that particular area.  I was also made to understand that this was part of the initial police report.  Based on that information are the police looking into the leads with regards to these individuals who have a rivalry with the young man?”

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Well Isani we are examining all angles and we are examining the account that he gave.  But the police, we do our own intelligence gathering and in a murder investigation everybody is a suspect and we will not rule anyone out.  We are questioning several persons that we believe may have information that can help us to bring some closure in this investigation.  We definitely are looking at the persons that he said he had a rivalry with and hopefully, I know my investigators have brought in some of these persons and recorded statements, especially the alibi statements from them and we are certain that this file will be put together quickly and be put in front of the D.P.P. for her directives.”

According to Michael Westby, the elderly woman’s grandson, he returned to the family home sometime after midnight and was watching television in the living room for about an hour before going to bed. What he did not know was that someone had followed him moments earlier and was waiting on the veranda near the rear of the two-storey building. Westby said that he turned in sometime after one o’clock but woke up an hour later to take a shower. That’s when he heard a faint groan coming from his grandmother’s bedroom. He found her lying in a pool of blood on the mattress. The intruder gained access through a side window, proceeded to stab her, and exited an adjacent window under the cover of darkness leaving behind the bloody weapon.

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7 Responses for “Grandmother dies from stabbing incident”

  1. No Integrity in Belize says:

    Very sad, RIP

  2. WESTERNMERMAID says:

    POOR WOMAN, I FEEL SO SORRY SHE DIED, BUT WHO IS TO BLAME????

    THE GRANDSON!!!!!!!

  3. Storm says:

    Hang the filthy cowards who killed a grandmother.

  4. Earl Grey says:

    CATCH THAT SUCKER AND SEND HIM TO THE PRISON FARM …..4 LIFE!!!!

    There he CAN EARN HIS KEEP and CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY at NO COST TO TAX-PAYERS.

  5. Manuel Almendar says:

    The previous news said that the killer $#!% up at the veranda. Ok, there is the DNA, but who care about DNA?

    NOT THIS GOV AT ALL !!!

  6. SHeerluckHomes says:

    Good thing the grandson took a shower to get really clean at 3 in the morning and happened to notice the moans coming from the grandmother’s room. same grandson who harassed her all the time for money. i wonder if he washed those clothes he was wearing that night. i mean i;m sure he got the laundry done too. too bad the guys who were after him didn’t notice it was a grandmother they stabbed bout ten times even to the neck. luckily they never thought about going to his room, after they got her.

  7. j says:

    apparently the police took no dna or blood samples at the scene !
    schoolboy errors !

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