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Five year old stabbing incident leaves Inmas Espinal in court Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

At the age of 15, Inmas Alexander Espinal, then a second form student at Canaan High School, was arrested, charged, and remanded to prison for the March 15, 2012 attempted murder of naturalized Belizean, Jose Antonio Sarabia, then 18.

On March 15, 2012, Sarabia accused Espinal of stabbing him and causing injuries which almost led to his death. Luckily, he was saved after a Nicaraguan doctor performed surgery on him. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the trial concluded before Justice Adolph Lucas in the Supreme Court with a ruling to be handed down on December 7, 2017.

There were discrepancies on where Sarabia was stabbed and how many times he was stabbed. Doctor Emerson Munguia testified that he observed two stab wounds to the victim’s abdomen and that they were inflicted by the same object. However, the victim could only say that Espinal stabbed him once to the abdomen and not twice.

From the witness box, Espinal gave his side of the story and told the court that on the day of the incident, he was standing at his gate when Sarabia approached him and began to curse at him. He said as he turned to approach Sarabia, Sarabia hit him in the back of his head with a bottle which caused a cut wound. He said he then took the bottle from Sarabia and in self-defense, stabbed him once.