The father of a young man from Vieux-Fort who was severely injured following a brutal attack recently, said had his son heeded his advice he may not have been injured today.
“I spoke to him until I did not know what to tell him again. He is very stubborn… he would not listen,” his father Elias Batchoo told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview.
Nerius Batchoo, 21, of St. Jude Highway, was on July 12, chopped in his head with a cutlass which split his skull, resulting in bleeding in his brain, following a brutal attack by a group of young men. He has been in and out of hospital several times, both at Tapion Hospital and St. Jude Hospital. Batchoo is currently at home.
One of his attackers, who is expected to make a court appearance today (Monday), was charged with attempted murder, while another who was part of the group who accosted Batchoo, was charged with damage to property.
According to the victim’s father, they were told by the doctor that he can’t guarantee them that his son will survive.
Batchoo feels that the condition that his son is in, his home is not the safest place for him. He however added that his condition has improved a bit because he is talking.
Batchoo recalled some time ago that his son was severely injured by a group of men who stabbed him several times about his body and threw him in a river, thinking he had died.
“He went back with the same friends again…” his father lamented.
According to him, it pains him to see what has happened to his son, adding that his entire family spoke to him about his bad ways and the young men he usually associates with. Batchoo said that when they speak to him, he would give them the impression that he would change his behaviour, but never did so.
“Right now I can’t even eat or sleep at nights. I would wake up about 2.am and walk in and out of the house..,” Batchoo, who recently returned to the island, grieved.
His advice to young men is to listen to their parents and avoid associating with bad characters.
“The choice you make today, determines your future…” Batchoo admonished young men.