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Dec 5, 2017

Prisoner Alleges Rape; Family Appeals to Prison C.E.O.

A twenty-year-old inmate was buggered on two separate occasions by another prisoner at the Belize Central Prison in November. According to police, a prisoner reported on the twenty-ninth of November that he had been indecently assaulted by a cellmate on that same day and on the twenty-fourth. Police say that a medical examination was conducted on the inmate and injuries were classified as harm.  We reached out to C.E.O. Virgilio Murillo, who is out of the country, but via phone today he told us that indeed there was a report of sodomy. C.E.O. Murillo says that the welfare of the alleged victim is a priority so the police were called in and the alleged perpetrator has been isolated.  Murillo noted that this is the first official report to the prison management since his tenure of fifteen years. He also asserts that assault in any form is not tolerated in prison.  The victim’s family spoke with News Five this afternoon and say that they have been prevented from seeing him and are concerned for his welfare. To protect the victim, we concealed the identity of his father.

 

Voice of: Father of Alleged Sodomized Victim

“While deh out deh di talk we met a next friend; a lady weh told us her son just come out the day before and when she hear fi we situation she tell my kids deh ma fi mek she check pahn it because she say that deh just rape a lee young bwai back yah. She say that deh rape ah and buss ah up bad and that he bruk up.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And so that is how you started to investigate?”

 

Voice of: Father of Alleged Sodomized Victim

“And so yes that is how I start to investigate and I call different people and I get to find out that dah true dah my son deh rape and deh di hide ah from me because deh mek deh rape ah back deh and deh beat ah up.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now, all of this happened inside a cell where he was locked up?”

 

Voice of: Father of Alleged Sodomized Victim

“Well, really it have to be inside a cell because he deh remand; so remand – deh have to tek he outta dah remand cell fi that to happen somewhere; it can’t be inna the remand cell.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, he was on lock down?”

 

Voice of: Father of Alleged Sodomized Victim

“Yes, ma’am. He deh remand.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do you know if this “thing” happened with one other individual or were there other people involved?”

 

Voice of: Father of Alleged Sodomized Victim

“Well, honestly, I am not sure because as I tell you I neva get to speak to him. No day I go there I could talk to him.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now, I would imagine that you are concerned about your son’s welfare inside the prison?”

 

Voice of: Father of Alleged Sodomized Victim

“Yes, ma’am. I am sure. That is why I went there yesterday and I get vex with them yesterday. They put me outside and I mi need to speak with him and they refuse fi show me. And when I get the story about weh di happen dah back deh, I put one and one and I say it have to be something close to that. And when I get the story because I have people back there and I get to find out dah my son and deh still nuh mek I see ah yet.”

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