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Nov 7, 2012

Drinking beer in public leads to police assault and escape charge

Twenty year old Latifah Augustus, a vocational student of Belize City, appeared in the Magistrates’ Court twice today, following an incident involving public drinking on Friday night.  Augustus, who was caught drinking a Belikin beer in public, was arrested and escorted to the Queen Street Police Station where she was charged for the offense.  While the arresting officer was preparing her charge sheet, Augustus became offensive and assaulted the policeman.  She was subsequently detained and placed in a holding cell before escaping a few hours later.  In court today, Augustus appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart where she pleaded guilty to drinking in a public place.  Augustus also pleaded not guilty to assaulting police constable Luis Cobarruvias.  The magistrate then imposed a non-custodial sentence, fining Augustus twenty-five dollars plus the cost of court for the initial offense and one thousand dollars, plus surety, for hitting the officer.  But she was not free to go.  Before Augustus could leave the courthouse she was taken to courtroom number four where she was arraigned on a single charge of escape.  Court prosecutor Noel Muschamp objected to bail since escape from lawful custody is an indictable matter.  When asked why she should be granted bail, Augustus told the court that she is a student of Skills Training Center and that she attends classes daily.  She was offered bail in the sum of two thousand dollars plus one surety of the same amount.  Augustus is scheduled to return to court on December twenty-eight.

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7 Responses for “Drinking beer in public leads to police assault and escape charge”

  1. Storm says:

    If these reports are accurate, she sounds too dumb or crazy to be in school.

    But young people do dumb and crazy things, so maybe she will learn a life lesson and never be back before the courts. It would be a shame for her to destroy her chance to get an education for a short period of “anti-social behavior,” to use the phrase of the day.

    Get smart, girl, and get your education! Leave the immature conduct in your rear-view mirror.

  2. it's just that simple says:

    “detained and placed in a holding cell before escaping a few hours later.”

    Since she was being held for assaulting a police officer,
    I would think they would be keeping her tightly locked down and watching her closely.

    How does that happen at the Queen Street Police Station?
    Is that not the main police station in Belize City?
    Police Headquarters sounds like the BDF armory.

  3. chaveli says:

    how ridiculous

  4. Rod says:

    This is the only kind of case this gov. Can handle and even that they the judge is giving the wrong verdict can’t these judges do anything right even the simplest case they can’t get right. Please start hiring competent people barrow quit hiring people because they are your friends and cronies start hiring competent people if you know what that means.

  5. rubs says:

    PEOPLE DOING STUPIDNESS FOR REAL… SPECIALLY STUDENTS.. I WONDER WHAT KINDA EDUCATION THEY R GETTING.. WELL, IF THEY ESCAPE FROM HOLDING CELL THATS TOOO MUCH.. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY LEFT THE DOOR OPEN.. SO WHY BZE HAS POLICE STATIONS, THEY R JUST WASTING $$$$ ON HAVING LAZY PC THERE. LET THE PEOPLE GET HOLD OFF THE CRIMINALS BETTER. WHY HAVE POLICE STATIONS & GOB… WHAT A DISGRACE

  6. Bert says:

    Seriously, arrested for drinking in public. How about a citation to appear in court, and keep the officer on the streets to enforce more serious offences

  7. Seletar says:

    Under Roman law, when a prisoner escaped, the guard had to serve the rest of that person’s sentence. We should have that law here.

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