Grandmother fears for her life
Henry Baptist, 25, of San Ignacio, the elder brother of Luis Espat, 23, also of San Ignacio, has been arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, wounding, and threatening words against Doreth Wellington, 67, his grandmother, after he went into Espat’s room, in her house, and allegedly stabbed him in the head, lungs, leg and arm.
When Wellington intervened to save her younger grandson, Baptist stabbed her on her hand, which began to bleed, Wellington told police.
Baptist was taken to the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court on Friday, and was released on bail of $3,000 and a surety of the same amount and ordered to return to court on May 28.
Espat is now suffering from five stab wounds.
Deputy Commander of San Ignacio Police, Inspector Reymundo Reyes, said that Espat refused to make a statement against his brother, Baptist, and did not report the stab wounds, so Baptist was not charged for the attack on Espat.
Wellington, of Santa Elena, is fearful that her older grandson, Baptist, will come and kill her, since he called her a “b—ch, and told her that she would be next.
Wellington told Amandala that she was at home sleeping with her husband and her other two grandchildren when, at about 3:30 Saturday morning, someone kicked in the door, forcing it to open, and her eldest grandson, Baptist, stepped in and demanded to know the whereabouts of Luis, his second brother.
When Wellington told him that his brother was not there, Baptist cursed her and went into the back of the house, where Luis was sleeping, but had not locked his door. The elder brother entered the room and stabbed Luis many times, telling him that he was going to kill him.
Luis tried to get away, but he was stabbed in his back.
Police took both victims to the San Ignacio Hospital. Wellington was treated and released, while Luis was admitted in a serious condition.
Wellington said that the hostilities arose between the elder brother, Baptist, and the two younger ones because they had refused to engage in wrongdoing with him. She said that he often beat his youngest brother badly, and when she had intervened, he threatened her.
She said that at the time he came to kill his brother, he was out on bail after he was accused of armed robbery, and she is fearful, because he is violent and she knows what he is capable of doing.
Wellington is calling on the police to arrest Baptist and return him to jail before they are killed. With him away in jail, she says, she may then sleep well in her house.
However, Inspector Reyes told Amandala that the matter of bail is a prerogative of the court and is out of their hands. He said that if Baptist is granted bail, there is nothing they can do. He said that the whole situation arose when Baptist’s house was burglarized and he believed that it was his brother, Luis Espat, who had done it. Baptist then went to their grandmother’s house, where Espat was sleeping, to find him.
Reyes said that in the struggle between the brothers, in the course of which Espat suffered the stab injuries, Baptist also suffered a wound to the forehead.