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Sep 13, 2006

Brakeman pleads guilty to manslaughter

Story PictureIn the Supreme Court today, a Belize City man who shot his pregnant wife in the chest two years ago has pleaded guilty to causing death by careless conduct. With his attorney at his side, this morning thirty-one year old Lloyd Brakeman appeared before Justice Adolph Lucas and formally entered a guilty plea. According to prosecutor Merlene Matute, on the evening of November twenty-first, 2004, Brakeman and his girlfriend of two years, Irene Gibson, were at their home at the corner of Baghdad and Alexandria Streets. Brakeman was on the bed playing with a three fifty-seven magnum revolver and by playing we mean loading the weapon, shaking out the bullets and then pulling the trigger repeatedly. But as Gibson stood in front of him, Brakeman put the barrel of the gun to her left breast and squeezed. Gibson, five months pregnant at the time, died at the scene. Witnesses to the incident were Gibson’s three young children. The defendant was originally charged with murder but in subsequent proceedings that charge was reduced to manslaughter. In his defence, Brakeman told the court: “Your honour, I just want forgiveness … I never mean to hurt my woman … she neva deserve fu die like that … Whatever happen here today the memory of Irene Gibson will never be forgotten by me. I will always try to do my best that nothing like this ever happen to me or anybody I know of”. Justice Lucas will sentence Brakeman at nine on Wednesday morning.

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