Patrick Anthony Castillo Sr., 42 year old security guard, was taken to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and formally arraigned on one count of murder, for the chopping death of his stepson, Guatemalan, Jose Maderos, 20, and one count of wounding for chopping his 13 year-old step-daughter, Linda Maderos.
The incident occurred on April 1, 2015 on Kut Avenue in Belize City. Castillo lived in the upper flat with the children’s mother, Rosa Maderos. Jose Maderos,the victim, occupied the lower flat.Castillo and his woman had been having problems for some time because Rosa Maderos could not get along with Castillo’s 14 year old daughter, by another woman who lived with them. Maderos told the Reporter that Castillo also had problems getting along with her three children withanother man. On the same day of the incident, she had told him they should break up since the relationship was not working out. That decision came too late to save her son.
Castillo, who told police that the chopping was done in self-defence, claimed that just before 9 p.m., Maderos came upstairs in an intoxicated state, and when he told him to leave, the young man tried to force the door open. That, says Castillo, led to an altercation in which Maderos punched him in the face, forcing him to defend himself with a small machete he kept in the home.
He inflicted chop wounds to the head, face, neck and body of Maderos, who died on the spot. While swinging the machete, he also cut Linda Maderos, 13, on her left hand.
When Police responded to the scene, they found Castillo sitting on the sidewalk outside the home, covered in blood. He had sustained wounds to his wrists for which he had to be treated at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Police would not confirm reports that the wounds were self-inflicted after the murder.
Because Castillo claimed self-defence, police sought the advice of the DPP’s office on Thursday, April 2, 2015, and that same day DPP Cheryl Lynn Vidal advised that Castillo be charged for the crime of murder.
The formal arraignment was held in the office of new Magistrate Ladonna John, and no plea was taken since the charges are indictable. Castillo, remanded to the Belize Central Prison, is being represented by attorney Dickie Bradley. He is to return to court on June 8, 2015.