Headline — 02 February 2016 — by Rowland A. Parks
Out on bail, back in jail for murder

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 1, 2016–Three men who were released on Supreme Court bail in connection with the December home invasion of Lebanese diplomat Sarkis Abou Nehra, 77, who lives in Burrell Boom, are back in prison, remanded on a murder charge.

Brandon Baptist, 30, Sheldon Grinage, 25, and his sibling, John Grinage, 27, all residents of Police Street, were arraigned in court this morning before Magistrate Deborah Rogers for the murder of Mariano Castillo, 32.

Castillo, a resident of Georgetown, south Stann Creek District, was fatally stabbed in Belize City on Saturday, January 30, after he got into an altercation with the three accused men.

Police reported today, Monday, that they visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) on Saturday, around 12:50 a.m., where they saw Castillo suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen.

According to police, Castillo was walking on Mahogany Street Extension with his common-law wife and two other persons when then they were approached by John and Sheldon Grinage, and Baptist. The three men, police reported, got into an alteration with Castillo that resulted in his being stabbed.

At the KHMH, however, Castillo succumbed to his injury while undergoing treatment.

The three accused are scheduled to return to court on April 29.

In the case of the December 3-4th, 2015 invasion of the Lebanese diplomat’s home, Baptist and the two Grinage brothers were charged along with Randolph Coleman, Jerson Grinage and Tyrone Meighan for aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit rape, handling stolen goods and theft.

Nehra was out of the country when the home invasion took place.

All of the accused persons in this case had been remanded to prison and had acquired the services of attorneys to secure their release through bail applications at the Supreme Court.

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