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Jun 26, 2013

Prisoner claims he is being victimized behind bars

Ralph Wellington Middleton

Thirty-seven year old Ralph Wellington Middleton, accused of attacking a security guard in mid-May, says his constitutional rights are being violated because he is being victimized behind bars.  On Tuesday, May twenty-first, Middleton appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart, where he was read a single charge of Harm against forty-seven year old Jesus Angel Cruz.  The incident occurred while Cruz was posted in front of Belize Mills Ltd.  He was charged and granted bail in the sum of one thousand dollars, plus a surety of the same amount.  But, it has been thirty-six days since Middleton is on remand at the Belize Central Prison and when he appeared before Magistrate Adolph Lucas Jr. today, he told the court that he was informed during his arraignment that he would be granted a phone call to inform his relatives that he needs bail.  Middleton says he was never allowed a phone call and has been languishing in jail since.  During an emotional testimony he recounted his ordeal, stating that a fellow inmate broke a light inside their cell and, as a result, they have been sanctioned.  In an attempt to assist him in securing bail Magistrate Lucas offered Middleton a phone call.  Unfortunately, Middleton’s mother, whom he wanted to contact, only has a cell phone number which is prohibited by the court.  Only fixed number calls are allowed using the court phone.  At two o’clock this afternoon, Middleton remained in custody.

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3 Responses for “Prisoner claims he is being victimized behind bars”

  1. ahha says:

    So the court couldn’t grant him the call either huh?

  2. jose says:

    you better believe it that if that man dont get bail he will be place in super max section or in a isolation section at the back of the jail in a dark cell so as to punish him for going up against kolbe and if you think someone in Autority would do something them your out of your mind that is why almost every person leaving jail continue to do stupid ness becuase thats the way kolbe is set up for example kolbe chairman jonh woods has the last word to grant you parole or early release but he rather keep you behind bars becuase the more inmate behind bars its a gain for kolbe becuase for each inmate government pays kolbe something like 15 bze for each food then people in gob gets a cutt and the gain continues then gob gives kolbe the contraban rice ect to feed the inmates now just wacth they do to that man who spoked to 5 news

  3. sickntired says:

    I hope the ma or di neighbour have tv maybe they get the message da way

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