Tuesday, June 3, 2014. ORANGE WALK BUREAU Reporting: Twenty four year old Joseph West is expected to face an upgraded charge of Murder for the death of 34 year old Giovanni Borland.
Borland died on Friday, May 30, after being hospitalized with massive chop wounds to the head sustained on the night of May 11.
West is accused of attacking Giovanni Borland sometime after 11 o’clock that night at ‘Mil Amores’ bar in Libertad where both men got into an argument.
Carl Borland who is the uncle of the deceased says that Giovanni was attacked by as many as five men, all members of the same family who chased him from the bar all the way to the house where he was staying.
The uncle says that when Giovanni reached in front of the house he fell down and that was when he was chopped in the head, severing a portion of his skull and exposing his brains.
The Borland family is now waiting for the upgrading of the charges against Joseph West to murder, nineteen days after the incident.
Carl Borland says he does not believe that his nephew was armed with a machete as has been widely reported, as he would have been the one chasing the five family members if he had a machete.
Borland calls those who attacked his nephew “nothing but a spineless, gutless cowards.”
Joseph West, a resident of Libertad village is the brother of national team goal keeper, Woodrow West.
Borland was reportedly in the village to pick up his passport he had left at a residence. He will be laid to rest on Thursday.
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