Stepfather accused of chopping stepson to death

A domestic dispute late on Wednesday night in Belize City between a stepfather and stepson ended in tragedy when the older man, 42 year old security guard Patrick Castillo of Kut Avenue, allegedly chopped his 20 year old Jose Jonathan Maderos, as well as his 13 year old stepdaughter by accident.  Maderos died at the scene of his injuries while Castillo remains under police guard at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The sad story began sometime after 9:00 p.m. when according to Jonathan’s mother and Castillo’s common-law wife, Rosa Mauricio, she left for work at a nearby restaurant and her son went upstairs for a drink of water. He accidentally stepped on his stepsister’s toes and tragic consequences followed as Castillo allegedly went for a machete and began hacking at his stepson until he was dead. Mauricio told us that their feud goes back many years, stemming in part from his treatment of her and her family, contrasting with his handling of his own blood relations.

 

 

Rosa Mauricio –Mother of Jose Maderosvlcsnap-2015-04-07-13h04m29s227

[Paraphrase]

I have pikni for my ex-husband. He had pikni for another woman. Because he has one daughter, she nuh like do anything.  Every time he have problems like if she go dah school,  she hide the food in her school bag…. spoil food.  I talk to him  and tell ah ‘your daughter so nasty.’ He seh, ‘I know but I can’t fix her. ‘ I tell ah, ‘why you put my pikni fi work? Why you noh put your one fi work.’ He seh,’ I noh want any problems with my family. My mammy  noh want me do nothing to my pikni.’ One time she tried to correct the pikni, the gyal he call call the social workers for we. The  police  took us to all the way to the vlcsnap-2015-04-07-13h04m10s73police station. They keep we almost the whole night ina the police station.  My son noh like see that. He seh’ why this man the put your pikni fi work, why he noh put his pikni fi work too?’

 

Mauricio says her relationship with Castillo was stormy and Jonathan often had to intervene, while her stepdaughter nursed an open hatred of her and her other children. Jose Jonathan Maderos had a child of his own aged two years. Only that afternoon, she says she told him that they needed to separate because of the effect of the split in the common-law family. Several of the children as well as Maderos’ partner later witnessed Jonathan’s fatal fight with Patrick Castillo. According to Rosa Mauricio, while nothing will bring her son back, she wants Castillo to pay for taking his life.

 

Rosa Mauricio

[Paraphrase]

I think about that because I’m human. I feel, I feel hurt because I lost my son. I imagine his situation. I don’t know what to say.  I noh feel hate for him because dah  things for God. If God forgive him. I forgive him because he dah my daughter daddy. I noh have those feelings in my heart

 

 According to authorities, they are presently taking statements from persons involved in the fatal chopping. We hear more from Superintendent of Police in charge of criminal investigation, Hilberto Romero.

 

Superintendent Hilberto Romero –  Head of Criminal Investigations.vlcsnap-2015-03-06-06h40m09s159

They had a dispute, it’s a family dispute. They occupy one house.; the decease resides at the lower flat and the step father  resides in the upper flat of the house.

Journalist

“Sir , we have been given two conflicting stories. One by the family that apparently  the step-son stepped on his step-father’s toes and that lead to the …

Superintendent Hilberto Romero

“Something transpired to them starting this fight.  Our investigators have recorded statements of children that are in the house and at the end of that investigation,  all that will be reveled of what had transpired.”

Journalist

“Mr. Castillo was also injured as well , as a child.

Superintendent Hilberto Romero

“Yes he received cut wounds to both of his hands.

Journalist

“And someone else? 

Superintendent Hilberto Romero

“No one else.”

Journalist

“The police report did say a female, 13, was injured and a medicalical legal form was issued.”

 

Superintendent Hilberto Romero

“Like I said, our investigators are presently on the scene, recording statements and will following any lead.” 

 Police will make a determination on charges to be filed, if any, at the conclusion of their investigation. Supt. Romero would not confirm if Castillo had either confessed or claimed self-defense or tried to commit suicide by slitting his wrists. He did confirm that Maderos was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fatal argument. He said police have no record of previous complaints by or about the family.

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