A man who is currently imprisoned is in need of medical attention and according to the family, officials are denying him that right. Family members of Aspinal Welch spoke to the media today explaining their dilemma. Tanesha Plunkett is Welch’s common-law-wife who says he needs to get bail for Welch so he could be admitted to the hospital.
Tanesha Plunkett, Common-Law Wife: “He has a bed sore, he didn’t have it before he left but he has it now, a really bad bed sore. They brought him down last week Monday to Karl Heusner, that is when I saw the bed sore and I would want you to show the picture because it looks real bad. We were calling the jail more than once, when he told us about it we called and asked the doctor in charge but he made us believe that it was nothing serious and that he was getting attended to when nothing like that was true, because when he went to his cell the Monday and he saw it he himself said that when he saw it he automatically had to rush him down to Belize hospital; so if you were tending to it how didn’t you know it was so bad ? How did you not know that it smelled so bad and that half of this man’s butt had almost rotted off? So before that we got a letter from Dr.Rogama that we took to Chief Justice Mariyln Williams, she looked at me and told me to take it to the prison. I called Mr.Murillo and he said ‘Miss Plunkett I have no control over that, my job is only to hold the prisoner, it us up to her to grant bail.’ This man needs help, many times this man catheter gets blocked up back there he has to wait until morning because the doctor is not there, sometimes they don’t want to give him attention and those medics aren’t trained to deal with a SP catheter because when we got to the hospital, not even the nurses want to tend to it, they tell you plain that a doctor has to tend to it. That is not fair to have a human in pain like that for hours like that, so we want them to either just grant him bail to come home to get the care he needs.”
According to Plunkett, they have sought assistance from the Office of the Ombudsman, Belize Legal Aid Center and other agencies but none have been successful. The family stated that they do not have enough funds to hire a lawyer to assist them. Welch landed in prison after he was arrested and charged for attempted robbery and keeping a firearm without a gun license in November 2012. He was shot in both legs as he attempted to rob Dit’s Restaurant on King Street, Belize City.