Ladyville police are waiting for instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether or not they should take criminal action against 62 year-old Biscayne Resident Moszetta Reyes. She fatally injured her daughter’s boyfriend, 54 year-old Arthur Wade, with a machete, which she claims happened in self-defence.
The incident happened on Friday, January 22, at around 9:35 p.m., and Reyes has since recounted her version of the incident to the press. She said that she was at home with her daughter, Alva Reyes, who is an adult suffering from an acute mental illness for which she started showing signs later in her life. Moszetta said that her daughter’s illness was in full swing, and as she and her family always does, they locked her away to protect her and others from any danger she might inflict others.
Moszetta explained that Alva is like any other member of her family and is given her freedom to do as she pleases, but whenever her illness takes over, they lock her away and administer her medication. As soon as the medicine takes effect and alleviates the illness, she is released. On this particular Friday night, however, Alva’s boyfriend, the deceased Arthur Wade, allegedly went to the Reyes home and demanded a key to release Alva from the enclosure where she is kept when her illness is in full swing.
The request caused an argument, and according to Moszetta Reyes, Arthur Wade grabbed a piece of wood, and started to assault her with it. She says that as this was taking place she had called the police and was actually on the phone with them when he started to hit her causing her to drop the telephone while it was still engaged with the police. She showed the press her bruises which she says he inflicted in a fit of rage. She claimed that she tried to flee from him, but he pursued her up the steps, into their home, and he kept hitting her. She said that she came upon a machete which she found at the front door, and used it to defend herself. While fearing for her life, she injured him to the back of the neck with the machete, and another to one of his arms. He reportedly fell off the verandah, ending the violent encounter.
The police were called in, and they found Wade bleeding on the bottom of the steps where he sat. He was rushed to the KHMH, and 2 days later, on Sunday January 24, at around 6 p.m., he passed away from his injuries. At this time, police are not pressing criminal charges against her, and they await on the DPP’s Office for advice if they should revisit the interim decision. Should the DPP, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, direct them to lay criminal charges, they are obliged to do so, but the DPP has indicated to the press that police do not have enough evidence to lay a charge of murder.