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Jul 14, 2011

Attempted murder victim refuses to testify

Omar Espat

There are many cases of witnesses who refuse to testify, but the emerging trend is that victims show up in court only to say they don’t want further action. That has been the end of several attempted murder cases in recent weeks and it happened again today. Twenty-one year old Vince Mitchell was stabbed under his left arm during an altercation on Freetown Road in February, 2009 and the accused person was twenty-one year old Omar Espat. The case was set to start this morning; a nine member jury was empanelled and Mitchell took the stand when he was called, but refused to testify against Espat. Justice Adolph Lucas directed the jury to formally acquit Espat of the charges and he was free to go. Only two days ago, twenty year old Donovan Pratt and Desederio Erskin were acquitted of attempted murder in similar fashion. They were charged in connection with the December, 2006 shooting of Michael Baldwin, who on Tuesday chose not to testify in the case.

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6 Responses for “Attempted murder victim refuses to testify”

  1. crying for peace says:

    Cho vince you let a man walk only for him to come finish you next time. Guess the pressure his parents were putting on you really paid off.

  2. Eyes on Belize says:

    More Murderers is left on the street. I don’t blame them for not testifying, because its a failed system. Only justice that will served in Belize is self Justice. The Police is Corrupted, Politicians are corrupted, Courts are corrupted. God need to come and wash away all the Evilness from Belize. Cold Talk

  3. Justice says:

    At this rate, individuals and their families will have to resort to executing justice the same way they were targeted.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    This is what this worthless PM should be focusing on,A witness protection programe.

  5. Abe says:

    Im telling you guys, PREVENTATIVE PREVENTION will fix this trend!!! Detain these blood thirsty suspects! Put them in solitary confinement so there cannot be any threats!!!

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