28-year-old Jaymie Patrick Marin has been formally arrested and charged for the murder of his cousin, 17-year-old Isaac Marin. The victim was fatally stabbed as he slept on the night of Monday, October 21, in Caye Caulker Village. Jaymie Marin reportedly suffers from mental illness, and Senior Superintendent, Hilberto Romero, stated that police are investigating whether he has had violent outbursts in the past.
Sr.Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: “In reference to the stabbing incident that occured in Caye Caulker we have charged Jamie Marin, 28 years Belizean of Caye Caulker for the crimes of murder, attempt murder, grevious harm and use of deadly means of harm. This is after an investigation was conducted and he has now been charged. There was some incident he had with his family members and as a result of that he took out the knives and inflicted the stab wounds to these two persons.”
Jaymie Marin appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to answer to the charges. He was represented in court by Attorney Hurl Hamilton. Hamilton told us that he was retained yesterday, and that he has concerns over the lack of a proper facility to place his client during his remand, since no bail was offered and no plea was taken.
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: “From what I was told and I’m no medical doctor and there is no report to substantiate that but from what I was told by the father that he has a history of mental issues and today the learned magistrate ordered a psychiatric evaluation to be done.”
Reporter: But has he been diagnosed before ?
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: “Not to my knowledge. Not to my knowledge.”
Reporter: And has he had any violent behavior before this ?
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: “Not to my knowledge. This morning he was arraigned on one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of dangerous harm and one count of use of deadly means of harm. Those charges primarily arose out of a incident that happened in San Pedro between himself and two other individuals. In that incident Mr..Marin has received injuries and he has been taken to the hospital and as we speak the police officers are going to take him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital before he’s transported to the Kolbe Foundation”
Reporter: What were the extent of his injuries?
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: “He has some bruises, from what I can see some stitches and he complains of severe pain in the back. What was actually argued today in court is if he could have had alternative accommodation other than Kolbe Foundation. We were trying to get him tot a mental institution here in Belize. Unfortunately there is none and we were trying to seek alternative to prison, unfortunately that is not the case and he has to go to Kolbe Foundation and I am aware that Kolbe Foundation do have psychiatrists that come in from time to time, they do do evaluation and he’s going to be housed in a different area than the regular prisoners but in any event if there was an alternative to prison it would have been much better in my view. I would want to think that the police is going to seek further advice from the DPP’s office. If the evaluation comes back that he is unfit to stand trial then that is a matter for the DPP’s office and by extension the police department. So let’s wait and see what is the outcome, what is the conclusion on that evaluation.”
Jaymie Marin’s next court date will be on January 8, 2020, in San Pedro.