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Apr 3, 2018

Threat to Accuser Sends Man Behind Bars

Franz Hamilton

It is a rare charge in cases of sexual offenses, but a Belize City man has been charged with attempting to suppress evidence in a court case – specifically, by allegedly threatening the accuser’s life. Fifty-eight-year-old Franz Hamilton was read the charge before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. He is accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by putting his accuser in fear for her life by saying to her, “Look like uno nuh wah live to testify.” The encounter took place on Holy Thursday, March twenty-ninth. Hamilton pleaded not guilty and denied ever making such a threat. He insisted that the entire report had been fabricated against him. There was formal objection to bail in the lower court, as Hamilton is presently out on bail granted in the Supreme Court on the original charge. A condition typically set in such grants is for the accused to stay away from the complainant and any other prosecution witness until trial, which in this case is already underway. The Chief Magistrate said that while the Supreme Court would have say on whether he violated his bail condition, she would deny bail in this instance until that decision is made. Hamilton was remanded back to prison until May twenty-second.

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