Ninety three year-old Patrick Grant, a very senior gentleman who lives by himself on Fern Lane in Belize City, is in a coma after he was savagely assaulted in his own house by a thief who stole his TV. Police believe that thief is Grant’s own neighbour, Chester Noralez, 35.
Grant suffered head injuries, and his family is hoping that he will recover from the beating which was inflicted on him. It happened on Sunday morning, December 27, just before 6 o’clock. Grant was asleep. That’s when an intruder, who police believe they’ve caught, entered the house, and attacked the law-abiding gentleman hitting him several times to the head and face.
As soon as Grant was incapacitated, his attacker proceeded to ransack the house, and he ended up stealing Grant’s television. As soon as his family was informed of the assault, they rushed over and took him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he continues to fight for his life. Police have since investigated the aggravated burglary and have detained and charged Noralez from whom the stolen television has been retrieved.
Chester Noralez was escorted to the Belize City Magistrates Court on Tuesday, December 29, where he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to answer to charges of dangerous harm and burglary. Noralez was unrepresented and before he entered a plea, he asked for permission to speak. He told the court, “That night I bought a TV from a man off the street and I put it in my house to check if it was working and that is when the police came. I was inside my house with my girlfriend.” According to Noralez, at no time did he burglarize Mr. Grant’s house. He said he cannot understand how it is the police charged him for burglary and not handling stolen goods since he admits to having the stolen items. Noralez said that he would never do such a thing to his own neighbour.
Noralez pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecutor, Sgt. Pitts, had heavy objection to bail. The prosecution believes Noralez may try to interfere with the victim once granted bail. Also, there is the possibility that additional charged will be levied since the victim remains hospitalized. With that said, Senior Magistrate Fraser denied bail and remanded Noralez to the Belize Central Prison until February 2, 2016.