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‘She’s lost everything’, says mother of woman held in Dominican Republic

Over the last seven months, mum Nicole Reyes has lost everything – her husband, her home and her freedom. Locked up in jail in the Dominican Republic, where she is being held without charge, she lives for the daily phone calls to her family at home in Rumney.

She calls her parents, Jeanette and Michael Clements, several times a day – something they say is the only thing keeping her going. But as she prepares for her eighth month in jail, Jeanette says her daughter is in a “bad way”.
Nicole, 37, was arrested in July last year on suspicion of killing her husband, Jorge, 38, when he died in a car crash. But Jeanette said the authorities over there have not charged her.

She said: “My daughter is in a bad way, she’s very low.
“I come off the phone and cry.
“I can’t believe she’s in that position.
“The only thing keeping her going now is ringing here.”

Nicole shares a cell with two other women in a prison in Santiago where Jeanette said there are “rats the size of cats”. Jeanette said the prison provides her with porridge or drinking chocolate and bread each morning and rice and beans or chicken and rice. But Jeanette said the food is “disgusting” and Nicole buys food for herself from a shop inside the prison and lives on a diet of crackers and prunes. Jeanette said she even has to buy her own toilet roll.

For the first six weeks, Jeanette said her daughter was kept in a prison in Puerto Plata.
She said: “She saw people being beaten and people shackled against the wall on chains.”
She said the prison had no windows, that her daughter had to sleep on the floor with a bucket in the corner for a toilet. Jeanette said they even had to send money so Nicole would be fed.

Nicole survives on the money sent to her by her parents who send every penny they have to make her life a little more bearable. This includes paying for Nicole’s medication, which last week cost around £150, and a doctor who recently diagnosed a series of conditions involving inflammation of the bowel.
Jeanette said: “We were told her intestine is infected with bacteria.
“She has also put on a stone in weight because her body is so swollen from the infection.”

The couple say they have spent thousands of pounds on Nicole’s legal fees as her lawyer now tries to move her case to another court because of fears of corruption. But Jeanette said this could take months and so Nicole faces more time waiting in jail. The couple also had to pay for security to look after Nicole’s home and the home they had bought out there.

Jeanette said: “She had three dogs and left the house that night expecting to go back there later.”
But despite paying around £600 a month for security the couple flew out in December to find both homes had been stripped of everything.
Jeanette said: “She can never go back there.
“She’s lost everything.
“Her husband, her dogs and her home.”

The couple have now sold the properties so they can use the money to help Nicole. But they said they lost this money when the cash cheque, along with the rest of their hand luggage, was stolen from the airport and claim it was cashed in America.

“We were absolutely devastated and we were told there was nothing we could do,” Jeanette said.
Nicole met Jorge, an odd job man, after moving to the Dominican Republic with her family nine years ago. She worked as a holiday rep for Thomas Cook and they married a year later in May 2007. Jeanette said they were very much in love and that he idealized Nicole and her children.

“They had an amazing life and were so happy,” she said.
On the night of Jorge’s death, Jeanette said Nicole had been to visit friends at a hotel.
She said: “He was on his motorbike and she was in a Jeep.
“He was travelling in the middle of the road and she told him to get over to the other side because it was dangerous.”
She said he moved over but that some cars were coming the other way and so she slightly moved over but tipped the back end of the bike.

Jeanette said: “He’d always be laughing and joking on his motorbike.
“But he had no crash helmet on and no lights.”
She said her daughter realised he was under the Jeep and was screaming to people standing nearby for help. But Jeanette said the culture there is not to help during an accident for fear of becoming involved or blamed. Jeanette said Nicole hasn’t even had the chance to grieve for her husband.

She said: “All she keeps saying is I want to come out and grieve for him.
“If he was alive he would go crazy about the way she’s been treated.
“He idealised her and he loved the children.”
Jeanette and Michael are now appealing for help in trying to get their daughter back to the UK.
Jeanette said: “I want to do anything I possibly can to get my daughter out of the conditions she’s in.”
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are aware of the detention of a British national in the connection with the death of a Dominican national.
“Ms Reyes has lawyers working on her behalf and the case is continuing.
“We are providing consular assistance to her and her family.”
Source: Alison Sanders, WalesOnline

Category: DR News |

  1. Castellamonte

    This seems to be a very different take on the story than the facts here in the Dominican Republic seem to tell. Possibly someone from WalesOnline should actually come over, investigate and then write the story!

  2. Samson

    Unfortunately it sounds all too familiar. So let’s hear the Dominican version, please..Those of us living here do not feel the least bit happy about this story. We wish to be kept informed

  3. admin

    A bit more info on the story from the Dominican side:

    Spanish text:

    English translation:

    PUERTO PLATA. – A 37-year-old died in a tragic way last night (Monday) when his girlfriend ran him over with a car at the entrance to the resort of Cofresi, on the east of the city. The dead man by the name of Miguel Antonio Francisco Reyes (Jorge) who lived in Costambar and was from the Eixample Eduardo Brito (The Rigola) of the city of Puerto Plata who died instantly after receiving blunt trauma and shock caused by the Toyota, SUV plate 063256 E driving his mistress Nicole Jayne Melhuish 37.

    According to eyewitnesses of this tragedy, report that the vehicle driven by Britain’s Jayne Melhuish, happened several times over the inert body of Miguel Antonio Francisco Reyes (Jorge), who was traveling on a motorcycle Yamaha DT 125 when he was hit by SUV of his Lover.

    According to the report of the National Police, the victim Miguel Antonio Francisco Reyes (Jorge) had long lived with the foreign Nicole Jayne Melhuish, which allegedly made ​​several calls before the incident that has been classified as a crime of passion.

    Melhuish was arrested by police who took her to the headquarters of the institution where it will be forwarded to the Prosecutor where she faces charges of voluntary manslaughter.

    For his part the families of victims are demanding justice in the case, since presumably the relative foreign and held a heated discussion before the unfortunate event occur.

    The victim Miguel Antonio Francisco Reyes (Jorge), during his life as a teenager sold coconut water in one corner of Independence Square or Central Park of the city, a job that his father held, also popularly known as Daddy who felt distressed by the loss of its son.

  4. Samson

    Not such a very different story from the original. Why has the woman not been charged? No Habeus Corpus here? Tragic as it was, the family will as usual be seeking excessive compensation. It will be interesting to see how witnesses stand up under cross examination. It appears that not one of them was prepared to assist. The lack of lights sounds awfully familiar as does the disappearance of possessions. No doubt the police were unsuccessful in locating the culprits. It would never have happened had she not chosen to live here!

  5. admin

    Updates from the court room (Jan,30′th, 2013)

    Spanish text:

    English translation via Google:

    By: Antonio Heredia

    PUERTO PLATA. – The Court of Instruction of the city, referred to a trial on the merits, a British citizen who’s been imprisoned since July last year for hitting a young man who lived maritally.
    Acting Judge Carolina Castro, welcomed the request of the representative of the Attorney General, Matthew Disla Grimilda licensed to send a substantive judgment imputed to Nicole Jayne Melhuish accused of running over 37 years to Miguel Antonio Francisco Reyes (Jorge) – A man of 37 years old, who died tragically.
    Remember that this bloody event took place on Monday, July 10, 2012, at the entrance to the resort of Cofresi, when Francisco Reyes was hit by Nicole Jayne who was driving the SUV Toyota E063256 plate, causing trauma and concusions that caused death to Francisco Reyes.
    The deceased Miguel Antonio Francisco Reyes (Jorge) resided in Costámbar and was Ensanche Eduardo Brito’s (La Rigola) son well known in this city as “Papito the coca”, he sadly died instantly after being hit by his foreign wife, while traveling on a motorcycle Yamaha DT-125.
    According to eye witnesses of this tragedy who report that the vehicle driven by Britain’s Jayne Melhuish, happened several times over the body of Miguel Antonio Francisco Reyes (Jorge) who had long lived as the foreign partner and allegedly underwent several threatening calls, before consummating this fact that has been classified as a crime of passion.

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