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Posted Wedneday, March 5, 2008
Port St. Lucie Police: Voodoo curse used to threaten wife

By Paul Quinlan

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

PORT ST. LUCIE — Police jailed a 34-year-old man accused of punching his wife and threatening to kill her, her children and her family with a gun and a Voodoo curse, records show.

Nerlet Bellot's wife told police she is a "strong believer" in Voodoo and her husband is "more than capable" of casting a Voodoo curse, an arrest report said.

The woman, who is Haitian like her husband, said she was "terrified of that notion and it's consequences." The woman, who recently moved from Haiti where her husband also has family, told police that threat scared her more than any of the others.

Nerlet Bellot was arrested Monday on charges of battery domestic, domestic assault, hindering communication with a law enforcement officer. He left the St. Lucie County Jail Tuesday afternoon after posting $45,000 bond.

According to the police report, the couple began arguing early Monday. She said her husband accused her of infidelity, knocking her to the ground with a punch to the stomach and the head.

He broke her cell phone when she threatened to call 9-1-1. He then chased her with a metal pole, smashing a door frame and the headlight of his car, she told police.

Her 8-year-old son, who awoke during the fight, said he saw his father strike his mother twice and threaten to kill the family.

A sheriff's deputy arrested Nerlet after his wife spoke with police. He denied striking her with a gun or a Voodoo curse, calling her "vindictive."

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