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Nov 5, 2019

A Plea for Help for Robbery

Aspinal Welch

On Monday, the family of Aspinal Welch, who is incarcerated at the Belize Central Prison while awaiting trial for attempted murder, shared their story with us about his struggle behind bars.  Robbery, as the twenty-nine-year-old is popularly known, is paraplegic and is suffering from a severe case of bed sore.  Despite a letter from urologist, Doctor Marcus Rugama informing of his medical and physical conditions, the court is yet to budge and offer Welch bail.  Making matters worse for the wheelchair-bound inmate, his family lacks the finances to secure legal representation for him and as such have visited a number of offices, including that of the Ombudsman Lionel Arzu.


Tanisha Plunkett, Common-law Wife of Aspinal Welch

“I went to the ombudsman, they said that dehn wahn get back to me before the week out.  I went to the office of the Chief Justice.  I wrote a letter, I took a picture of the bed sore.  The secretary said they would get back to me this week, haven’t gotten an answer as yet.”


Tanisha Plunkett

Isani Cayetano

“You’re turning to the media now as a final appeal to publicize this particular story.”


Tanisha Plunkett



Isani Cayetano

“How has the family been dealing with this though?  I gather you guys visit Mr. Welch at the prison on a regular basis and you’ve seen his condition worsen.  How are you as the common-law wife coping, seeing as though you’re seeing him in this very bad state of mind?”


Tanisha Plunkett

“Ih hurt fi sih somebody weh yoh care bout go through that and yoh cyant help.  Ih hurt fi watch yoh loved one di go through that and yoh cyant help dehn, yoh know and dehn people out deh could help and noh wahn help, cause da judge coulda mi at least grant bail.  Weh he could do, he eena wahn chair.  Weh he could do?  When we go da court we have to beg dehn police fu ker we upstairs ah da step and dehn give we lotta attitude because ah di past, weh he do eena di past.  You noh treat people like that.”

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