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Oct 6, 2020

Wil Maheia Calls on ComPol Chester Williams to Take Action Against Shyne Barrow

Shyne Barrow

B.P.P. Fort George candidate, Wil Maheia is calling on ComPol Chester Williams to follow through on his word and take action against Shyne Barrow for a domestic violence incident for which Barrow’s wife made a report. Catherine Barrow gave a statement to the police saying that over the weekend, Shyne Barrow hit her on the back because he did not want her to go to visit her family in San Ignacio. She would later say that she had exaggerated the incident though the injuries were medically classified as harm.   Back in January 2019, at a domestic violence conference hosted by the Belize City Council, the Commissioner of Police said that a domestic violence protocol was being finalised and that officers were being instructed to mandatorily proceed with court action once a complainant files a domestic violence report. Domestic violence is among the top four leading causes of murders in the country. At a press briefing on Monday, the police said no action was required, but Wil Maheia says those who aspire for office cannot be beating up on women.


Wil Maheia

Wil Maheia, B.P.P. Candidate, Fort George

“I, Wil Maheia, along with all my colleagues in the B.P.P., we condemn violence totally, but especially violence against women. Sometimes I wonder about this U.D.P. crowd. It wasn’t too long ago when the man who want to be the next prime minister was about to be charged with violence against women. Then recently you hear another member of the U.D.P., who wants to be in parliament, violence against women. I want to remind the ComPol, the Commissioner of Police, Mister Chester Williams that he is not an elected politician so I want to ask him to carry out on his promises. I remember the last incident, not this one just a few days ago, when he got up on the mic and said even if the women decide to withdraw their charges that the police still has a duty to press charges because a violent act has been committed. So I really want to appeal to Mister Williams, you are not running for office, so just carry out the promises that you made; that when there is violence especially against women that we must condemn it and those who commit the violence should be charged. This is crazy mien, really crazy. We cannot continue to have grown men, who want to represent the people, who want to be in parliament, beating up on women. No, we are not going to stand for that and I want to say that we totally condemn that.”

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