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Jul 18, 2014

2 found guilty of burglary

Christopher Gillett

Also in the court, nineteen-year old Christopher Gillett and twenty year old Keron Swasey were found guilty of the offense of burglary this morning.  Gillett was present in court and was imposed a non custodial sentence and fined one thousand dollars which he has to pay by October thirty-first.  Fortunately for him, the offense was committed when he was seventeen so Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser took that under consideration. In the case of Swasey, he was not present so was found guilty in absentia and imposed a five year jail term. The burglary occurred on February seventeenth, 2012; both trespassed the home of Emily Stanley located in the Faber’s Road area of Belize City and stole several household items. They later took police to various areas where the stolen items were recovered. In his defense, Gillett gave unsworn testimony putting the blame on Swasey and saying he did not participate in the burglary. But Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser found both men guilty and told the court that in her view, the prosecution proved its case and that she believed they both acted together in committing the crime.

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