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May 21, 2015

Belize City Man Will Serve Six Years for School Burglary


A Belize City resident is tonight  starting a six year prison term for burglarizing a classroom at the  All Saints Primary School in Belize City. The burglary occurred this past Tuesday and Edward Belgrave was caught in the act.   When police responded to reports of a burglary at the school, they heard a noise coming from inside class room one A.  They identified themselves and minutes later, a man exited with both hands in the air but fled by jumping a fence. Police set chase and caught up with him on Saint Thomas Street.  In court this morning, Belgrave pleaded guilty but claimed he did not cause any damage to the classroom. He told the Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser that when he went to the school compound, he noted that the classroom door was not locked and that the burglar bars were already damaged. But the Senior Magistrate explained to him that he was not invited on the premises so he had committed the offense of burglary. He was sentenced to six years for burglary and one year for damage to property but will serve six years because both sentences are to run concurrently. In imposing the prison time, Senior Magistrate Fraser told Belgrave that the only reason why she did not impose a ten year sentence was because he pleaded guilty and saved the courts time. She also said she had zero tolerance for persons who deprive children of their environment.  Police are also preparing additional charge sheets since Belgrave is named in other school burglaries.


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