by Colville Mounsey
Residents of a St Philip community where a husband and wife were arrested and jointly charged with the wrongful confinement of their 19-year-old daughter for close to eight months have expressed shock at the development.
Antonio Marcus Fitzpatrick, 49, and Stacy Fitzpatrick, 47, both of Brereton, were granted $5,000 bail each yesterday when they appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, accused of committing the offence between July 1, 2017 to February 7, 2018.
On Wednesday, police, acting on a tip off, visited the residence of the Fitzpatricks. During their investigation, the daughter was discovered in a locked room, in a malnourished state. She was subsequently transported to the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance for medical attention.
Members of the community told Barbados TODAY that the family, who had only recently moved to the area, did not display signs that would suggest that anything untoward was taking place at the home. However, everyone who was interviewed said sightings of the daughter in question were very rare.
“All I can tell you is that I think that it is the mother and father, two boys and girl. I used to see the girl sometimes but I don’t know anything about them. I would really hope that it is a misunderstanding because I would hate to think that I live right here and don’t know what going on. That would be more than strange,” said one resident who did not want to be identified.
“I don’t know anything about the people, they just move up here and they keep in their corner so I don’t know if what they are saying is true or not,” said another man, while his friend said, “they seem like a normal family to me but I never paid much attention to them.”