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Jun 17, 2010

Pot lender, borrower, and owner dish it out in court

Sandra Agustine

There was a strange case of a kitchen utensil in Magistrate’s court today.  There was the woman who lent the pot, the woman who borrowed it, the claim that it was stolen, the fact that it was never returned, and the other woman who owned a pot, but not the one presented in court, which apparently belong to the Belize Defense Force.

But to start from the beginning, in December of 2009, Michelle Sho, a BDF Soldier, loaned a pot to a sanitation worker at Price Barracks.

stirred up muddy waters when she admitted in court she borrowed the pot twice and alleged the pot was stolen from the BDF.

A third woman, Janet Felix, took the stand in defense of her daughter, Michelle Sho. Janet Felix indicated that the pot that her daughter lent out was actually hers.  Felix revealed to the court that her pot had eighteen identifying strokes etched out on the side. The pot in court had no such strokes which meant the accused had brought back the wrong pot. More witnesses and testimonies about the origins and the markings of the pot were bubbling in court.

Magistrate Kathleen Flowers was given the honor of dishing out justice.  Flowers said that the question of whether or not the pot was taken from the BDF not the issue that was brought Court number three.  She found Sandra Augustine guilty of borrowing the pot from Sho and not returning it.

Augustine was not satisfied with the eight hundred dollars fine and initially said she wouldn’t pay it because in her opinion it didn’t cost that much. But after being informed she could get prison time, Augustine indicated she will pay the fine.

If you’re wondering what the BDF had to say about the pot, absolutely nothing. It was one battle it didn’t want to participate in.

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8 Responses for “Pot lender, borrower, and owner dish it out in court”

  1. Eric Neal says:

    It is evident that the CJ knew he was on the verge of reaching the retirement age. As the CJ and a learned man, he ought to have been putting the relevant structures in place to ensure that the delivery of Junstice to the Belizean People is not compromised. In my view, it apparant that he is playing politics with the Justice System in hope of gaining sympathy from the public. The Constitution mandates an age and a time frame for retirement let us abide by it. I stand beside the Prime Minister in enforcing the Principles of the Constitution. Justice delayed is Justice denied.

  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    The CJ cares less about the Belizean Citizens.Was this lame Duck born in Belize doubt it.

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    It seems that our Court system has become a circus.What a shame eight hunderes dollars for not returning a pot but walk free if you murder someone.The CJ,DPP and all their affiliates are a joke.

  4. lany says:

    Really…… Joke indeed.

  5. Audrey Matura says:

    I think the intentional lack of knowledge and education of how our justice system works causes our people not to understand when our judiciary, which should be totally independent from political interference is being undermined. Sadly, for too long political leaders from both sides of the divide quietly influence who sits on the bench.. but not many times for the person’s competence but rather incompetence so at the end of the day its the people who suffer from lack of justice and total dis-respect and disgust for the judiciary. it is until you have to use the court system that you appreciate that something is sinisterly not right. the question now is not who is retiring, but who will be appointed and it better not be anyone above age 65 – because that is an affront to the reasons for not extending the CJ’s contract. Better yet Belizean do you not ever wonder how come only the foreign lawyers hold these high offices in our country? the system seemed design to use tax-payers money to train attorneys who then enrich themselves in private practice rather than serving or country.

  6. ladys says:

    yeah this country has become a joke,What the f*** our system has turn to.

  7. Empress says:

    the system is full of it……….This is garbage garbage pot pot…………….sutpid

  8. ayeahyai says:

    ayeahyai, that really is a big pot.

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