By Ketricia Finch
St. Kitts Reporter
Elston Phillip was charged for committing an unlawful act against his very own family and was tried at the Basseterre Magistrate’s Court this week. Claudette Dore, Elston’s sister, while giving evidence in court on Monday, said Elston attempted to set her house in Sandy Point on fire on May 28, 2006.
“It was around 8:30 a.m. I (had) just got out of bed and started to clean up. While I was in the kitchen washing some dishes, I felt the presence of someone behind me. When I looked back it was my brother, Elston Phillip. I asked him what happened and he said that my son took up his shirts and he wanted them back,” Claudette said.
Claudette said she followed her brother until they got to the living room. She said her son Cleston Phillip was in there sitting down and they got into a fight that lasted for about 20 minutes.
The fight led them to the outside of the house. Claudette said she told Cleston to come inside because she did not wanted him to continue fighting with Elston.
“When my son came inside, I locked the door. I then searched my son’s basket to see if I found Elston’s shirts but there was none. My husband came home and I started telling him about the incident. While we were talking in the kitchen, we started smelling the strong scent of kerosene. The smell was stronger in the living room, so strong that I started to sneeze.”
Claudette said she started to scream bring the keys to try to get out of the house and when the door was being opened, she saw Elston putting his hand through the window of a bedroom located at the front of the house.
“When I went to the same bedroom where I saw him putting through his hand, the curtains, the end of the bed and the floor was wet with kerosene. I also saw a green piece of cloth and three matches on the floor. I called the police and the landlady, Jacklyn Joseph.
Claudette said she knew for sure Elston was the person she saw because when he was putting his hand through the window. She said that she saw his whole body.
“I couldn’t mistake him for nobody else. I know it was him because he is my brother.”
Elston was convicted for unlawfully and maliciously setting fire on the property of Claudette Dore but his sentencing was set for July 2 because a social inquiry report is required.