Yesterday I visited with Grace, her 79 year old husband, Edelbert and their daughter Lorena at their modest home.
Grace is now out of bed and walking with the assistance of a cane. A lot of the bruising on the face has gone but the damage to Graces nose is severe and very noticeable.
I asked Grace how she was doing. Her reply was that because of the trauma she has been unable to sleep through a night and gets up in pain. 2 days ago she was prescribed a medication to assist her with sleeping. She still has 1 open wound on her leg. She is very weak.
Her husband is having a difficult time dealing with all that has happened. It has been recommended that he receive trauma counselling.
I spoke with Grace and family about the current situation with the person who did this. Here is the present situation.
He has asked to visit Grace. This has been denied by Grace and her lawyer. Subsequently ha wrote her a 10 page letter. This too she refused though it has been sent to the prosecutor and Graces lawyer. In the letter, which I am told is particularly rambling, he attaches blame for this incident on his friends whom he claims gave him cocaine that night. He claims to have never used cocaine before. He further claims not to remember the incident other than occasional flashbacks.
At present he is in solitary confinement as he is characterized as dangerous. He is denied exercise or to go outside for air.
Graces lawyer has indicated that the soonest a trial can be held is 4 months from now and possibly longer. The lawyer has also indicated that if found guilty, the sentence for the type of assault can carry a jail term of up to 20 years though I understand this is seldom handed out here in Aruba.
Grace is truly appreciative of everyone's get well messages, prayers and donations. As I was leaving we discussed that she will be personally writing a letter of appreciation. It will be emailed to me and upon receipt of the email I will be happy to share it.
Thank you so much for updating us. It's especially sad that her life will forever be impacted by this incident. I do believe that Aruba will hold this individual accountable and justice will be served. That said, even justice can not give her and her family back what this individual took away. Saying prayers for Grace and her family.
I agree with everything Peg said. This situation can never be undone. Its a shame a hard working women came into contact with this monster that ruined her life, and her families by the sounds of it. I pray for her, again, and again.
Thanks for the update as I haven't been logging on much the last few weeks. I missed a lot and completely forgot about this. I just went to the website and donated. As for the accused, even if it was the first time he tried a recreational drug and never got into any trouble, it just goes to show how one wrong decision can ruin your life and the life of others. He is a grown man and should have said no. Also his friends should have never left him alone.
I want to thank everyone who have inquired about my health. I’m doing much better now since I was first hurt. I have to be very careful with any movements though, because my ribs still hurt. However, I have great faith in my Lord, who will help me to recover fully. I’d also like to thank everyone for their prayers and monetary donations through GoFundMe. I am very surprised that people I didn’t even know have chosen to donate money to help me! May our heavenly Father repay you richly for your prayers and donations.