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Mark Rhaburn remanded for stabbing common law wife and two children Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:00

Nikita Smith, a 31-year-old mother, and her two children ages 12 and 13 were viciously attacked inside their home and the culprit accused of causing their injuries has been identified as Smith’s common-law husband and the step-father to her two children. He is 47-year-old Mark Rhaburn Sr., a construction worker of Hattieville Village. Rhaburn was arraigned on the morning of Monday, October 30, 2017 before Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was read three counts of wounding.

The allegations against Rhaburn are that on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, he wounded Smith and her two children, 12-year-old Veril Morris and 13-year-old Jaheem Morris. According to the police report, police officers responded to an incident on Mayflower Street in Belize City where they spoke to Smith who reported that Rhaburn inflicted the injuries to her and her children.

Smith received injuries to the left side of her head while her daughter received stab wounds to her left ear and left side of the neck and back and to the right side of her head. Smith’s son received a sing stab wound to the left side of his upper back.

In a police interview with the children, Smith’s daughter reported that she was awoken when something fell on her face. She woke to see her mother lying motionless and began to scream when she saw her stepfather inflicting the stab wounds to her mother. Smith’s son detailed the same experience and said that he ran to the aid of his mother and sister and that was when he was himself stabbed by Rhaburn.

Prosecutor in the case Cpl. Roman Andrew objected to bail being granted given the grievous offense which was committed by Rhaburn. Rhaburn defended that he suffers from hypertension and even fainted while in custody. He promised not to interfere with any of the victims but despite Rhaburn’s defense, Magistrate Ford objected to bail and remanded him into custody at the Belize Central Prison until January 29, 2018.