No one yet Charged for double stabbing in Caye Caulker
Police officers continue to probe into the murder and stabbing incident that claimed the life of 17-year-old Isaac Marin in Caye Caulker. On October 21, Isaac Marin was sleeping in his home on Luciano Reyes Street when his mentally ill cousin reportedly came into the room and stabbed him. As this was happening, Marin’s brother, Carlos, tried to intervene and got stabbed in the process. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette was able to shed some light on what transpired on Monday night just after eleven o’clock.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “What the police know so far is that Carlos Marin was socializing with a cousin, one Jamie Marin inside the living room of their home when obviously an altercation ensued and as a result Isaac Marin then got up from where he was sleeping in an attempt to aid his brother and that was when he too was stabbed. The third party, Jamie Marin, also received stab wounds. He had since been treated at the Caye Caulker Polyclinic and is now in police custody whilst Carlos Marin was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is in a stable condition. We are doing the investigation, recording statements and preparing the file. We were told at some point that the accused person in this crime had some mental issues so that too would be taken into consideration whilst the file is being compiled and then that will be sent to the DPPs office for her direction.”
We will keep you posted as to whether Jamie Marin will be charged for Isaac’s death and Carlos’ injuries.
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Last night we told you about the Marin brothers, 17 year old Issac and 22 year old Carlos. The teenager was fatally stabbed while his brother is recovering in the hospital.
It happened in the residence located beneath "I and I Bar" on Caye Caulker, and while last night we reported the story according to the account's of the village chairlady, today police presented a slightly different sequence of events.
ACP Joesph Myvette
"What the police know so far is that Carlos Marin was socializing with a cousin, one Jaime Marin, inside the living room of their home when obviously an altercation ensued, and as a result Issac Marin then got up from where he was to aid his brother and that was when he too was stabbed. The third party Jaime Marin also received stab wounds. He has since been treated at the Caye Caulker polyclinic, and is now in police custody while Carlos Marin was transported to the KHMH where he is in a stable condition."
"We are doing the investigation, recording statements, and preparing the file. We were told at some point that the accused person in this crime had some mental issues so that too will be taken into consideration while the file is being compiled, and that will be sent to the DPP's office for her direction."
Tonight Jaime Marin remains in police custody. He has yet to be charged pending a psychiatric evaluation. Carlos Marin remains at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a stable condition. It remains to be seen whether Carlos will be charged for the injuries sustained by Jaime during the altercation.
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And while Jaime Marin remains in police custody, there are concerns regarding whether a jail cell is an appropriate location for him given his reported delicate state of mental health.
Earlier today the commissioner walked us through the steps that will have to be taken before Jaime Marin can be charged with either murder or manslaughter in the stabbing death of his cousin Issac.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of police
"We, the police are no in a position to say who has mental health issues. That is a profession that is foreign to us. We would have to rely on the expert opinion from those persons who were trained in those areas, but we can say that of late we have seen a number of those incidences where people are saying that the perpetrator has some mental health issue i.e. the incident in Caye Caulker a couple days ago."
"It is an unfortunate situation, and it is one we are working through the ministry of health to see how they can help us to do the relevant evaluation, write the relevant report, and once that is done then we will then forward the file to the DPP and the DPP is going to make the determination as to whether or not we're going to charge for murder manslaughter or whatever the case may be."
"It is a situation that again is unfortunate, but something needs to be done to see how we can address it and I would want to implore upon families who do have people that exhibit mental health issues that they try to seek medical attention for them to be able to keep them at a state where they will not act out because when they fail to take the medication then you'll see that they begin to act out, and it could reach dire stages and we don't want that to occur."
We'll let you know when he is charged.