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Apr 20, 2015

Domestic Dispute in Corozal – Husband Stabbed and Wife Badly Beaten

Leandro Botes

And up north, a couple in Corozal Town remains hospitalized tonight, following a domestic altercation on Sunday.  Twenty-three-year-old Leandro Botes, a resident of Altamira, was stabbed in the left shoulder during an incident at their residence.  Sometime around nine o’clock, police visited the Corozal Community Hospital where they observed Gomez bleeding profusely from his injury.  Approximately fifteen minutes later, his common-law wife showed up at the station and reported to police that earlier in the day; they were both socializing with friends and family when an argument erupted.  Thirty-eight-year-old Yeni Gomez alleges that Botes attacked her with a piece of broken rum bottle and during the scuffle accidentally inflicted the wound on himself.  He has since been transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for further treatment.  Meanwhile, Gomez also complained of pain in the right hand, as well as a swollen face.  News Five spoke by phone with Superintendent Andrew Ramirez earlier today.


Andrew Ramirez

Via Phone: Supt. Andrew Ramirez, O.C., Corozal Police

“Yesterday about nine p.m., Corozal police, upon information received, visited the Corozal Community Hospital where they observed twenty-three-year-old Leandro Botes, he’s a Belizean laborer of Altamira, Corozal Town.  He was being treated in regards to a stab wound in the left lower shoulder and was bleeding profusely.  Shortly thereafter, a female, Yeni Gomez, thirty-eight-year-old Belizean businesswoman of Altamira, arrived and the police smelled the aroma of alcohol coming from her breath with blood over her clothing.  She claims that she and the said Leandro Botes, who is her common-law husband, were at their house socializing with friends, drinking alcoholic beverages after which both herself and her common-law went into their private room where a misunderstanding erupted between the two of them.  As a result, she is alleging that Botes stabbed himself with a piece of broken bottle.  She is also complaining that she has been constantly in this abusive relationship and that she had made complaints.  However, our records do not reveal any complaints made by Ms. Gomez in the past but this issue at hand was the only recorded information.  Leandro Botes was escorted to the K.H.M.H. in a very serious condition due to the injuries, the location of the injuries that he had sustained.  However, Ms. Gomez was also seen with a swollen face and she complained of pain to her right hand.  As a result medico-forms were issued to her where the doctor had certified that her injuries as harm.  She is presently in our custody pending investigation.”


Leandro Botes remains hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. tonight.

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