Thursday, March 06, 2008

Man threatens wife with Voodoo death

PORT ST. LUCIE - Investigators arrested a local man after his wife said he hit her and threatened to kill her, her children and family with Voodoo and a gun, according to a police report released Wednesday.

The 31-year-old victim, who recently moved here from Haiti, is a "strong believer of the Voodoo religion" and told police her husband, Nerlet Bellot, 34, is "more than capable of casting a Voodoo curse on her and her family and is terrified of that notion and its consequences."

Arrested Monday, Bellot, of the 2400 block of Southeast Wald Street, faces charges including battery, hindering communication with 911 and assault in connection with the incidents.

The victim told police that early Monday she and her husband argued. She said her husband hit her in the head and abdomen, knocking her to the ground. When she said she was calling 911 on her cell phone, he threw the phone down, which broke it.

Their 8-year-old son tried to stop Bellot, and Bellot then said he'd kill his wife and her children and family "with a gun as well as with Voodoo."

"She stated that if he went to jail that his family in Haiti would do his bidding," the report states. "She fears for her safety primarily from the Voodoo."

Because the victim was so scared of the Voodoo curse, police charged Bellot with assault, said Officer Robert Vega, police spokesman.

Bellot denied striking his wife, breaking the phone, or threatening to kill her with Voodoo or a firearm.

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