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Feb 5, 2013

Beaten to coma: tourist guide victim of officer?

Bert “Ras Creek” Nicholas

A Caye Caulker tour guide is fighting for his life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Bert “Ras Creek” Nicholas was admitted this past Saturday after he was beaten allegedly by officers on the island two weeks ago. The motive for the beating is not clear, but his wife says that he slipped into a coma and had to be airlifted to Belize City for medical attention.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Popular Caye Caulker tour guide, Bert “Ras Creek” Nicholas is tonight in a critical condition and on a mechanical ventilator at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was beaten allegedly at the hands of a tourism police officer on January eleventh. His common-law-wife, Ann Sanson, says that Nicholas was hit multiple times to the head and face and he was unable to eat for some time. But it wasn’t until days later that he slipped into a coma.


Voice of: Ann Sanson, Common-law Wife, Bert Nicolas

“He never told me that he was hit in the head. I knew that he was hit on the lips, but then Wednesday we went on a tour on the boat and he started to complain about a headache and he said that it was where the police had hit him. On Wednesday he had the headache and on Thursday again he mentioned the head and he took some pills, but he still had the headache. On Friday he was sleeping all day, all night long. And I would talk to him but he would only answer with some noise—he wouldn’t say a whole sentence. Then on Saturday, I thought he was being lazy, so I said now you have to move from here. It is time to get up and go to work. I tried to get him off the bed and he feel on the floor. I dragged him outside to the steps so he could sit, but he couldn’t sit. He couldn’t even talk.”


Nicholas was airlifted by Maya Island Air to the K.H.M.H. where he underwent surgery on Saturday. He has since been non-responsive and is in the intensive care unit.


Voice of: Ann Sanson

“He is at the Karl Heusner Hospital, he had surgery on Saturday night for about two hours. They did some two holes in his head to draw out the blood. he had a scan and on the scan they saw that he had blood and the doctors was without knowing the story were able to date that the blood was two weeks old. So he had surgery for about two hours on Saturday night and since then he is in the intensive care.”


But what could have triggered the assault on Nicholas has not been determined.  Sanson says that from what she has gathered, after docking his boat, Nicholas was allegedly approached by a tourism officer who notified him that his boat was overloaded with passengers. A physical altercation ensued between Nicholas and the officer.


Voice of: Ann Sanson

“I was not on the boat at that time, so I can only report what I was told. The tourism police stopped him at the dock. I don’t know the purpose of it exactly, but then he was beaten. He was taken to jail and he was beaten to the head; to the lips and to the head; that’s what I understand.”


Jorge Aldana

“Was he taken to a medical officer at the time the incident happened?”

Voice of: Ann Sanson

“No they took him to jail. He stayed two days in jail and then the police officer, P.C. King, decided to take him to Court on Tuesday. That happened on Friday, so he was out of jail on Sunday and then by Tuesday he went to court.”


Nicholas’ family says they want financial assistance to cover medical expenses that continue to grow while he remains comatose at the K.H.M.H.  Duane Moody for News Five.

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13 Responses for “Beaten to coma: tourist guide victim of officer?”

  1. Concerned says:

    Press charges gainst d officer responsible n have him pay ALL medical and other expenses!

  2. Storm says:

    Sounds like another case of a crime committed by a cop against a common man. If that’s what happened, the officer who should be convicted of wounding, at least, if not attempted murder. I believe there were literally a boatload of impartial witnesses to the incident, so the truth should be fairly easy to learn.

    One by one the thugs who carry badges need to be locked up. GOB is responsible for the acts of the people it entrusts with the power to arrest, even of life and death, so it should pay all the damages the man has suffered.

  3. Mark Guy says:

    That Pig that Did That Need a dose Of the Same Beaten ,He ushered ,on a Working Man ,,Beat his @$$ The Same Way

  4. Al says:

    How many murders are we going to allow police to commit. The police should be held to a higher standard than the public. A part of the training for police should include conflct resolution. Police need to think rationally and get off the power trip. If this police is guilty of causing this man’s death he should be charged with manslaughter at least.

  5. J. McAfee says:

    see what I mean, strange things happen in police stations in the country of Belize, the cleaners must use some slippery stuff to mop because many prisoners accidentally slip and hit their heads and die,

  6. Bear says:

    Our police desperately need first-world, professional training and screening before they are hired. ComPol Whylie should reach out to the Brits and US to ask for that training. They have been willing to send thousands of trainers to the police in Iraq and Afghanistan, so I think they could spare a few for us.

  7. Islander says:

    The problem is that the US constantly offers training but our decision makers reject that offer .

  8. not again says:

    The samething happen to the Canadian man. I wonder how many more that we dont know.

  9. Bear says:

    There was a man beat to death in PG by an officer, too — at least they arrested the officer for manslaughter.

    @Islander, maybe our new ComPol will be open to receiving help. God knows we need it! There’s no GOOD explanation for rejecting earlier offers of help, is there?

  10. Eye in the Sky says:


  11. sickntired says:

    I feel so bad for this poor man and the family. Belize really getting out of order. I had hoped that after mr mcafee tried to shed light on the mess up system govt would try to fix it but look like all to no effect. We poor belizeans cant all run away to the usa so i guess we will live with the consequences.

  12. islander says:

    the police officer must be drunk when he did it cause that is what deh always do drink with their own uniform what a disgrace deh dont have respect . all caye caulker police are a squad of drunkards

  13. glen says:

    I can speak to the credibility of creek as we call him growing up in kingspark in the late 70s . he was a genle gaint who love the rasta music and culture which during that period of time reflects love and justice for all people , which beliefs navigates our lives today. we the majority must seek justice for ras creek today because tomarrow it might just be you or your family .

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