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Apr 1, 2019

Argument between Cousins Ends with Fatal Stabbing in Sand Hill

James Gibson & Malcolm Leslie

A violent incident in Sand Hill, Belize District, involving two relatives, ended fatally for Malcolm Leslie. On Saturday afternoon, Malcolm was stabbed to the left side of his chest by his cousin James Gibson. Malcolm was at James’ house in the village where a confrontation took place while the two cousins were on the verandah. Malcolm, it is said, hit James on his face using a piece of wood. The argument escalated and James allegedly stabbed Malcolm who died before he would arrive at the K.H.M.H. The families have been left behind to grieve. News Five’s Duane Moody reports. 

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

An argument between two cousins ended fatally for one while the other is in police custody pending charges for the killing. Nineteen-year-old Malcolm Leslie died on Saturday afternoon while being transported to the K.H.M.H. after he was stabbed multiple times to the chest. He had just visited with his cousin, James Gibson, at a house in Sand Hill Village between miles nineteen and twenty on the Philip Goldson Highway. The quarrel led to Leslie hitting Gibson over the head with a piece of wood. Gibson would arm himself with a knife and fatally stabbed Malcolm.

 

Voice of: Carol Leslie, Aunt of Deceased

“A argument that break out between both cousins. One got very upset and hit the other one with a two by four, they said. And with a matter of reflex, he just grabbed the knife and jook him with it.”

 

Duane Moody

“These cousins are known to be quarrelling a lot because we understand that they are first cousins, they are friends?”

 

Voice of: Carol Leslie

“Well not to my knowledge that they would be fighting, but the deceased had his anger problems. It was very bad, but to say that they were always fighting and arguing, no. I guess the devil just intervened and that’s what transpired.”

 

The incident occurred sometime around 1:30 p.m. Gibson was also taken to the hospital for an injury he sustained to the eye when he was hit across the head with a piece of wood. It’s being treated as a death investigation, says police, as they await a decision by the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“During the investigation several statements were recorded. Those statements were forwarded to the D.P.P. for advice and we are waiting for their advice how to proceed with this incident.”

 

But what could have triggered the dispute?

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“It’s an allegation that about one of them was planning or plotting along with others to cause injury to one of the persons and he knew what was happening. And as a result when they arrived at the friend’s house that is when the altercation began between both of them along with other family members.”

 

Leslie Malcolm

Carol Leslie, who lives next-door to where the incident occurred, says that it’s a very difficult and conflicting time for the family because while they are mourning the death of Malcolm, they are still trying to support Gibson who turned himself into police.

 

Voice of: Carol Leslie

“Up to now, our family is coping with it. It’s not easy. We really need a lot of prayers right now—both fathers. It is kinda tense; one brother lost his son, the other is worried that his son might get life. All I can say is that God will fight this war for us.”

 

Duane Moody

“Gibson…have you guys been able to talk to him to find out what’s his mindset; is he remorseful of what had happened?”

 

James Gibson

Voice of: Carol Leslie

“Yes he is very remorseful. I can tell you that when the police took him to see his cousin that was already dead, he fell on his knees and he start crying and said that he didn’t mean it. But again it is lent and all I can say is this is how the devil works. But as a family, we are trying our best to unite with each other so that we can mourn the loss of one and then be there for the other one.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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