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Nov 4, 2019

Wife of Wheelchair-bound Inmate Appeals to the Judiciary

Aspinal Welch

Twenty-nine-year-old Aspinal Welch, who is otherwise known in the streets of Belize City as “Robbery”, is wheelchair-bound.  Paralysis after being shot three years ago has led to a gradual deterioration of his physical health and, despite doctors pronouncing his condition dire; he remains incarcerated at the Belize Central Prison.  Welch is suffering a severe case of bed sore, a wound on his buttock that has literally eaten its way down to the bone.  Notwithstanding the excruciating pain he has had to endure, Robbery is doing time for attempted murder, following a charge which stemmed from the thwarted attempt at holding up a patron at Dits Restaurant in November 2012.  Today, Welch’s common-law wife Tanisha Plunkett shared her frustration, having made several attempts to secure bail for him.


Tanisha Plunkett

Tanisha Plunkett, Common-law wife of Aspinal Welch

“Aspinal has a case that he was charged for attempted murder.  November, this month will make seven years that this case has been going on, not a witness has spoken, just adjournment, adjournment, adjournment.  On September seventeenth, he went to court late, so Mrs. Williams, Marilyn Williams, she remanded him to the Hattieville prison until September thirtieth.  He came back down on the thirtieth and she remanded him back until December second, for trial.  Remember, this case di adjourn fi seven years, trial set every time and ih noh happen.  When he came to court on the thirtieth, he had an issue, he has in a super-pubic catheter, right.  The catheter was blocked up, he explained this to her and asked her to allow them to take him to the hospital to change it.  She didn’t even answer, left him there, this was like before ten o’clock, sent him downstairs to the cell block to be locked up until like three or four when they took him to Hattieville.  I went there, took medication and lunch, he was crying in pain.  I asked the police that was there if they can’t help him, take him to the hospital.  I told them no human being deserved to be treated this way.  I saw weh paat dehn mi feel wahn way but they couldn’t assist.  They said, “Miss, our hands are tied.  If she noh allow it, we can’t.”

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