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In court for punching his neighbor Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 June 2018 00:00

Jose Guzman, a 37-year-old Belize City laborer, was arraigned on Monday, June 4, 2018 for allegedly harming his neighbor and damaging his door during an incident. Guzman appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to answer to two criminal charges of harm and damage to property.

Guzman initially pleaded guilty to the charges but explained that his neighbor, Horace Lord, bit him first and  as such he was acting in self defense. Given that, Magistrate Ford entered an equivocal plea of not guilty and offered him bail in the sum of $800 plus one surety of the same. Guzman had an outstanding balance of $305 owed to the court for a previous offense of riding his bicycle without a bell, a conviction for which he was offered bail of $50 plus a $5 cost of court. He was ordered to clear the outstanding balance before posting the recent bail.

Guzman was ordered to stay away from Lord or any other prosecution witness, whether directly or indirectly. He is due back in court on July 30, 2018.