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Nov 21, 2019

The Vasquez family Sounds Off on Bail Offered to Nestor’s Killer

Collin Francis

This morning twenty-eight-year-old Collin Francis was offered bail for the attempted murder of Nurse Augustina Elijio. Bail was set at eight thousand dollars plus two sureties of the same amount. We were made to understand that he wasn’t able to meet bail up to four this evening. But there is one family on record that is not pleased that Francis was granted bail and that’s the family of Nestor Vasquez Junior. If you’ll recall, back in June of this year, Francis was inside a cell with Vasquez Junior at the Queen Street Police Station when he attacked and killed Vasquez. Just days before that, Collins viciously attacked Nurse Elijio with a knife at the Port Loyola health clinic.  So, Collins was charged for the attempted murder of Elijio and was remanded and brought to court today to be offered bail for that offense. In the case of Vasquez Junior, Collins hasn’t been charged with any offense.  So far, only two police officers were dismissed – a punishment which the Vasquez family believes is too light. Nestor’s brother, Jules Vasquez, spoke with the media this afternoon to express the family’s anger and frustration about the delay in levying charges on Collins for Nestor’s death. Vasquez says that they are also disappointed that Collins may be back out on the streets when he is clearly a danger to society. Here’s what he had to say today.

 

Jules Vasquez

Jules Vasquez, Brother of Nestor Vasquez

“My family is dismayed, alarmed and angry that Mr. Francis, who killed my brother, is receiving bail when he has not been charged more than five months after the murder of my brother. He has not been charged for any offence. This is not a case where we have to find who it is or we are not sure. There were only two people in that cell; one came out unconscious, comatose and died in forty-eight hours, never knew consciousness again after going into that cell; so the other person has to be responsible.   We are so dismayed that no charge has been brought but we are also so alarmed at the justice system because this man is a danger. In one week he tried to kill a nurse and he killed my brother. I don’t know under what circumstances he got bail but what is this justice system that we can’t bring a charge against a man who is clearly responsible for the death of Nestor Junior.  Indeed it may be judged that he is not mentally well enough to be charged but he was charged for attempted murder, so he can be charged for murder. We do believe, we are certain that he is guilty of the murder of my brother. I understand that people are entitled to bail and there is a presumption of innocence. There is no bail for murder only in exceptional cases and this is not such a case and he has not been charged for murder. But it is amazing to me that after so many months this matter still has not been brought to conclusion when it is a clear cut case.   We are demanding that Mr. Francis be charged for my brother’s murder; it is time. There has been too much time. Someone has to answer for the death of my brother. His life was worth a whole lot to the family.”


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