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Sep 8, 2020

Belmopan Police Step in to Assist Elderly Man

A shocking video has surfaced on social media of a very alarming situation occurring in the Belmopan area. The video was released by a concerned Belizean; police as well as the Human Development Department and Helpage Belize have met to review the situation. The video captures an elderly man, being shown into a house which is then properly secured from the outside. A woman, believed to be his custodian, is seen holding a stick. The sight of the elderly man is disturbing; he looks frail, can hardly walk and is semi-nude wearing only pampers.  Isani Cayetano has the following report.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A disturbing video of an elderly and physically weak man, identified as Francisco Sacul, reportedly being mistreated by a woman in whose custody he is in, is making its rounds on social media.  The brief clip was recorded by a concerned resident who observed what appears to be the abuse of the senior citizen who is clad in undergarment only.  The incident occurred several days ago in an area of Maya Mopan in the vicinity of Xalpec Street.  This morning, Belmopan police met with representatives of the Helpage Office where Superintendent Iche, Officer Commanding Belmopan police, sat down with the Sacul family.  Present were officials from the Human Development office, as well as the Council on Ageing Network.  In the video, Mr. Sacul, who is visibly frail, was seen being locked away by a woman as she looks on sternly.  During the meeting, Sacul’s grandson took on the responsibility of caring for his grandfather.  The other agencies, including Helpage, Love Foundation and the Community Policing Unit also pledged to offer assistance in looking after Sacul’s welfare.  There was no mention whether legal action will be taken against the woman in the video as it does not show her physically abusing the elderly man.  No one has been charged.


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