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Jul 20, 2012

Mother of accused murderer cries self-defense

Raheem Smith

On Thursday night we told you about the fatal stabbing incident on George Street that claimed the life of eighteen year old Raheem Smith. Sometime around two in the afternoon, Smith received a single stab wound to the upper right side of his body but died shortly after at the K.H.M.H. Smith’s aunt told News Five that her nephew wasn’t known to frequent George Street, but they were told that he was allegedly killed for his bike  at a house in that area. Well, the man who allegedly stabbed Smith to death, eighteen year old Paul Martinez has been detained and according to police, a knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was retrieved from the scene. Martinez’s mother spoke to News Five today and she says that the other half of the story is quite different from what is being told. She says that Smith, who was acquainted with her son, was a regular on George Street. Ann Martinez says that she visited her son at the police station today and he told her that he had borrowed a bike that was already punctured from Smith and Smith was demanding for him to fix it; shortly after a fight broke out. Martinez says that her son never intended to kill Smith, but he acted in self-defense.

 

Ann Martinez, Mother of Paul Martinez

Ann Martinez

“First of all, I want to say to this boy’s parents that I’m really sorry because suh deh suffer a loss, I also di suffer with one too. I have a son and they have this argument weh lead one to go jail and one to go to his grave.  I am very upset because that kid life could ah mi be saved. They could ah mi mek it happen; they were there laughing about it and lock this door with them in there and they have this fight in there.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So they were fighting inside a house?”

 

Ann Martinez

“They were fighting inside a house apparently. The way how I understand someone idle themselves and lock the door. He si there was nowhere out so he run through the back but before he decided to run he di tek ih lick. He say, ‘ma, this lee bwai di punch mi di punch mi,’ that dah weh he tell me. In everything he decide fi run through the back and he say this bwai pick up ah two by four and start to lash he and I si the physical evidence on my son today, his hands were bruised up, his hands, his back, his teeth; so my son was defending himself at the same time.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So how did he get the knife?”

 

Ann Martinez

“Well apparently, the understanding that I get, I nuh know if it’s a knife. He said he had something inna fi he pocket and he shub fi he hand inna fi he pocket and trying to get away he do what he have to do because he nuh got nowhere out. But before all ah that, the young bwai come out through the front door and he come out and challenged my baby, he tell ah come out yah mek wi finish it and all ah that and he went behind my son.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Was your son, Paul, a friend of Raheem’s?”

 

Ann Martinez

“Well so far, the longest I know dah nuh somebody weh grow up. My son born and grow up deh but for the past three –four years I’ve been seeing them around.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“But they were familiar with each other?”

 

Ann Martinez

“Well, to me, yes because we nuh live far from one another.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, Ann clarify something for me; you son Paul was fighting with Raheem; he left from the yard and he returned with a weapon; is that correct?”

 

Ann Martinez

“No, they all know that Obeah, my son is known like that, he never went back there. All ah deh well know that Paul did not went there because the incident neva mi wah finish like that.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So the stabbing happened inside the building as well?”

 

Ann Martinez

“Apparently the stabbing happened inside the building. It was a stab he neva expect he mi wah give dis young bwai fi kill ah. He say, ‘ma, I just mi wah get weh.”

 

Ann Martinez says that today marks nine days since her son was released from prison. She also told News Five that since the incident that her family has been the target of harassment. 


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7 Responses for “Mother of accused murderer cries self-defense”

  1. Storm says:

    Even if every word Mother says is true, I don’t see using murderous force to defend from a punch.

    I hope there is a fair jury, and if he intended to kill, I hope he hangs. Life is too cheap among the young people in the Jewel, they are too quick to kill over noihing.

  2. Truthbetold says:

    9 days out of prison?
    My innocent bouy, ih da model citizen… run dat joke by mi again.
    Why da news give so much time to da thugs family’s stories about der innocent chilren and even mek us believe dat dey waz wronged?
    Betta to report on the victim and da suffering.
    Bring back da death penalty and ker it out.
    Dis country is sick!

  3. Belizean says:

    U dont need a weapon to defend yourself. If you use a knife on a person, what else do you expect than to kill, eh? These little boys…Where did they get these ideas from? Human beings learn from human beings, mostly from older ones. Another source for learning to do violence is the T V. Seeds are sown, and harvest time comes.

  4. BMNJ says:

    Need to hear about the incident from the eyewitnesses as well. It would be great if the media houses could get in touch and have an on or off-camera interview with them to see what really transpired.

  5. SMH says:

    I DONT KNOW THIS LADY, NOR WAS I AT THE CRIME SCENE TO KNOW…….HOWEVER, HER STORY SEEMS GENUINE, AND IF THE WAY IT IS BEING TOLD IS TRUE, ALTHOUGH IM AGAINST MURDER………THE DEFENSE, WAS JUSTIFIED, IN MY OPINION…..

  6. SAD STORY says:

    IF THIS STORY IS TRUE, AND AFFILIATES/FRIENDS/FAMILY, ARE, INDEED MAKING THIS WOMAN AND HER FAMILY THE TARGET OF HARASSMENT. I THINK IT CAN SAY ALOT ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF THE DECEASED AND MAKES YOU QUESTION THE TYPE OF COMPANY HE DEALT WITH ON A REGULAR…………….NOT SAYING IT NECESSARILY HAS TO BE SO, BUT IT MAKES YOU WONDER!

    TO LOCK A DOOR, AND ALLOW TWO YOUNG BOYS TO GO AT IT, IS PURE EVIL!

  7. sooooo sad says:

    SOME PARENTS JUST LIKE TO FIND ALL KIND OF WAY TO DEFEND THEIR CHILD WHEN THERE CHILD IS RONG …………..THAT YOUNG MAN HAD NO RIGHT TO HAVE TAKEN ANY ONES LIFE WEATHER IT WAS IN SELF DEFENSE OR NOT. AND HIS MOTHER SHOULD NOT EVEN GO DOWN THE ROAD AND SAY HER SON WAS JUST DEFENDING HIS SELF AND THAT HE IS NOT KNOWN TO GIVE TROUBLE .HE IS WELL KNOWN TO CAUSE TROUBLE AND HE SHOULD BE SENTENCE TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR HIS RONG DOING .
    IT IS SIMPLE U BARROW SOME THING FROM SOME ONE AND U SHOULD MAKE SURE U TAKE IT BACK IN A LITTLE BETTER CONDITION THAN U GOT IT ……….USE YOUR HEAD

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