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Apr 8, 2014

Justin Lemott is arraignment for the stabbing murder of Hattieville minor

Richard Waight Sr.

Richard Waight Sr., Father of Murder Victim [File: April 7th, 2014]

“The last conversation I had with my son dah fi know how much pain ih deh ina. The last conversation me and my son manage fi have dah day deh…when my son look pan me and say dad; ih say I eena pain. Ih say I can’t take it noh more. And then I tell my lee son, just try breathe, just try breathe…yo can’t stop breathe and I just di watch ahn di go.”


Those were the emotional words Richard Waight Senior shared with News Five on Monday following the stabbing murder of his son, R.J. 

Richard Waight Jr.

Seventeen year old Richard Waight Junior, a former student of Anglican Cathedral College and an avid football player, was to attend the University of Belize in the new academic year when his life was cut short on Friday night. Waight Junior and sixteen year old Austin Rhaburn were amongst a group of youths embroiled in a fight when they were stabbed; Rhaburn was pierced once to the lower left abdomen and survived, but Waight Junior was stabbed to the left side of the chest, which punctured his heart and he died at the K.H.M.H. Three days his killing, twenty-five year old Justin Lemott was formally arraigned for the Murder of Waight Junior and the Attempt Murder of Rhaburn.

Justin Lemott

Lemott was additionally charged for the Use of Deadly Means of Harm, and Grievous Harm upon Rhaburn. Lemott, a resident of Foster Street in Hattieville, appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith Following his arraignment he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until May eighth. The charges were laid against Lemott following intense investigations carried out by the officers under the command of Rural Executive Officer of the Police Department, Assistant Superintendent Christopher Noble. Noble told the media that the police received support from the residents in the village who witnessed the stabbing.


ASP Christopher Noble, Rural Executive Officer, Police Department

Christopher Noble

“There was an incident which may have been a fight or a brawl on the basketball court that is very near to the station beside the community center in the village. The end result of that incident is that two minors were injured; one of them unfortunately succumbed while being treated at the Karl Heusner. We have one person that is in our custody. We are working with the information that we’ve gathered from other persons that were around and we have contacted the other branch; that is CIB Belize City and with their assistance, we are trying to cover the entire report before long. A file will be prepared and send forward so that a decision can be made—hopefully one can be made within the legal time w have to deal with the person in custody. Our information so far is that there were several persons in the area. That area; it is a village and person in the village are known to each other. It isn’t something that was imported into the village so the corporation is very high and I do appreciate that part of it.”


Austin Rhaburn

Duane Moody

“The murder weapon has been recovered.”


ASP Christopher Noble

“Our investigation so far is leading us in one direction.”

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