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Apr 24, 2015

Construction Worker Guilty of Harming Toddler

Kendoll Ottley

Twenty-nine-year-old Kendoll Ottley, a construction worker of Belize City, has been found guilty of burglarizing the home of his ex-girlfriend after their relationship turned sour.  He was accused of forcefully entering the residence of Nadine Gordon and in a fit of rage allegedly took a standing fan and threw it at her newborn grandson.  That incident reportedly took place in Hattieville almost one year ago.  Today, Ottley appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith where he was convicted of three charges, including aggravated assault, harm and damage to property.  In his defense, Ottley testified that he went to Hattieville in search of employment but decided to call his ex-girlfriend so he could get a bike to go job hunting.  Ottley further said that he visited the local police station for assistance in retrieving his belongings from the house but when they did not budge he approached the residence alone.  Before he could enter the property, Gordon allegedly attacked him with a machete.  Ottley concluded by saying that he fled the scene when he caught a ride from a passerby.  Despite the prosecution withdrawing the charge of aggravated assault, the Chief Magistrate sentenced Ottley to seven years in prison for burglary.  He will also serve two six-month terms for damage to property and harm upon the toddler.  Those sentences will run concurrently.

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