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Oct 13, 2009

Woman badly beaten in San Pedro home invasion…

Story PicturePolice have not been able to crack the murder of Lorleen Young at La Isla Carinosa. And tonight they have another case in their hands at neighbouring La Isla Bonita. Eudenia Eiley turned forty-one on Sunday, but her birthday was not a very happy one. On Saturday morning Eiley became the victim of a home invasion and was brutally beaten and robbed at her house in the San Pablo area. The family is outraged, especially because Eiley was previously in an abusive relationship. But the community is also on edge because the island is one of our main tourist destinations and the rising crime is deterring visitors. News Five’s Delahnie Bain headed to La Isla Bonita to meet the victim and her family.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting
San Pedro resident, Eudenia “Deny” Eiley, was at home alone on Saturday morning when someone broke in and beat her severely. When we found the battered victim today in the island, she wanted her story heard and was brave enough to tell it on camera.

Eudenia “Deny” Eiley, Victim of Home Invasion
“Around five in the morning somebody, a Spanish person, went inside my house. He took away my phone and he beat me. And then I try to beat him some to defend myself.”

Delahnie Bain
“How did he get into the house?”

Eudenia Eiley
“I think he—on my door, he use one of the knives and then he went inside with the big sharp knife.”

No one heard the commotion in Eiley’s house until her seventeen year old son, Jay, arrived home and heard noises. He called family members, who showed up soon after with the police. Jay says he found his mom on the living room floor and he suspects that the culprit might be part of a group that hangs out in a nearby abandoned church.

Jay Eiley, Son of Home Invasion Victim
“When I came in I saw my mom very well naked on the floor sitting down and I told her what happened to you, who beat you like this, who did this to you? She said nobody and she was very lost and she was calling my aunts name and she was very lost. She didn’t know what to do. I saw everybody started to come in and I told them this is what happened, I found my mom here lying on the floor and the whole house was completely upside down. It was in a mess. I was trying to make her stand up and she didn’t have the strength to stand. She couldn’t stretch her feet so we put her on the bed in her room. This is a sad thing for me to find my mom like this.”

But the heinous details only got worst. Eiley’s niece, Melody Sanchez, says the culprit went so far as to write vulgar words on her body in red lipstick. Eiley was eventually brought to the Belize Healthcare Partners for treatment and Sanchez says they are all looking for the man responsible for landing her in the hospital.

Melody Sanchez, Niece of Victim
“I’m asking the community to come together and just try to find this guy because, well the police haven’t found a lead and the they say my aunt didn’t give them a good description but she told me that he is a Spanish man and that he is short and he has black hair and she said she scratched him. She scratched his face and she scratched his arms so there was blood and skin under her nails. If the police can’t find him, the community will and I think they will hurt him very badly if this guy is found and there is a reward if somebody can bring this man.”

That reward is two thousand dollars and anyone with information is asked to contact the Eiley family at 226-2166 or call the San Pedro Police Station. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

While the residents are on the lookout, police have no suspects as yet in both the murder and home invasion.

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