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Three from Abou Nehra’s robbery now charged for murder Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00

Brandon Baptist, 30, John Grinage, 27, and Sheldon Grinage, 25, are back behind bars after they appeared in the Belize City Magistrates Court on Monday, February 1, to face a murder charge. The three men were just released on bail about a month ago after they were charged with aggravated burglary for the home invasion of Lebanese Consul, Sarkis Abou Nehra, in December. Now, they are being accused of killing 32-year-old George Town Village resident, Mariano Castillo.

Mariano Castillo was stabbed whilst socializing with friends and relatives just after midnight on Saturday, January 30. According to police, Castillo was walking on Mahogany Street Extension with his common-law-wife and two other persons at aproximately 12:35 a.m. when he was allegedly approached by John Grinage, Sheldon Grinage and Brandon Baptist of Police Street. The men aggressed Castillo and his companions and the altercation resulted in Castillo getting stabbed. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial where he succumbed to his injury while undergoing treatment at 1:45 a.m.

Police arrested and charged the three men identified by witnesses and they have been detained since the incident. In court on Monday they appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers where they were all read a single charge of murder. Due to the nature of the offense, no plea was taken from them and they were all remanded to the Belize Central Prison until April 29, 2016.