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Michael “Chucky” Baptist Jr jailed nine years for dangerous harm by stabbing of Eugene “Fat Back” Webster

Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2024. 11:30 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: 27-year-old Michael Baptist Jr, alias “Chucky,” will serve nine years in prison of a 13-year sentence for the dangerous harm by stabbing of stepfather Eugene Webster, alias “Fat Back”, in July of 2016 at Los Lagos, Ladyville, Belize District.

The maximum term is 20 years and Baptist faced as much as 15 years according to presiding High Court Justice Nigel Pilgrim, after a jury convicted him on November 22, 2023.

Webster was left partially handicapped by the stabbing as a nerve in his right hand was left damaged. The court also noted that Webster had given financial assistance to Baptist on the day of the incident, only to be turned on and attacked inside his own home.

Having initially shown no remorse during the trial, Baptist changed his tune during the social inquiry report ordered by the court. After considering factors in mitigation and remand time of nearly two years, Justice Pilgrim arrived at a total time to serve of nine years and one month with effect from November 30, 2023.

Webster testified in court that the younger man visited his home to wash his car but was told that the car had already been washed and he could go back home.

According to Webster, he gave him bus money to go home but Baptist returned asking to spend the night, to which he agreed. He said only they were there and before going to sleep that night, he secured his home properly.

He was therefore surprised at 2 a.m. the next morning, July 6, to be awakened by someone looming over him and inflicting stab wounds to the body. He recognized Baptist making the stabbing motions to his neck, causing blood to gush out.

According to Webster, he was stabbed to the left side of the neck, head, right side of his face, left side of his face, upper right arm, chest area, and left foot near the bone area.

Michael Baptist Jr. was initially charged for attempted murder, but on indictment on January 11, 2018, he was read a lesser charge of dangerous harm.

 

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