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Mar 29, 2004

77-year-old beaten in his home

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Another of our older persons has been brutally beaten in his home by a thief or thieves. This time it was George Hamilton a resident of Cleghorn Street in Belize City. Despite his injuries, he gathered enough strength to speak to News 5 in the hopes that one of our viewers may be able to help the police catch the culprit.

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting

It is impossible to see the facial injuries on seventy-seven year old George Hamilton and not be disturbed by the fact that this elderly man was beaten senselessly as he slept in his house on Friday night. There was nothing Hamilton could do to defend himself against the blows. He lost consciousness in bed as he was struck all over his head.

George Hamilton, Victim of vicious attack

“My lips are swollen, and my eyes, because I can’t see. Over here (touches neck) hurts a little bit, I don’t know if it’s swollen underneath here.”

Hamilton says all he remembers is going to bed then waking up after he heard a noise.

George Hamilton

“I heard a noise. I sleep with a light by my bed, and I put on the light, but apparently the person supposed to crawl underneath of the glare of the light and that dah when he attack me. I noh know nothing from deh.”

It’s not known how the assailant gained access into Hamilton’s house on Cleghorn Street, but he believes he locked the door before he retired to his bedroom. It was not until the following morning that Hamilton’s brother discovered him unconscious and took him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Hamilton says from what his brother told him, he believes he was beaten for money.

George Hamilton

“But I think I tell him which part to look and he tell me that the lee purse…(unintelligible)…I noh know how much money was inside there.”

Today, Hamilton is appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard anything to help the police catch the person who did this to him.

George Hamilton

“I would like to ask my friends them or if anybody see them some to my house the night to please tell the police no.”

Jacqueline Woods reporting for News 5.

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