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Austin Decosta convicted of aggravated assault Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:00

Caye Caulker resident Austin Decosta, 43, is at the Belize Central Prison serving a two year sentence for aggravated assault upon a 27-year-old Belize City woman on September 11, 2016. The victim reported to police that when she arrived home from Carnival practice that night, she found her mother and Decosta who was upset about something. As she went inside, Decosta began to curse her out calling her ugly names and saying that she was no good and not helping her mother. That was when Decosta grabbed a knife and stabbed at her three times but she managed to avoid getting hurt. The victim said she tried to get her mom to help but she refused to do so. She retreated to her room but Decosta tried to force himself in. That was when she made a call to police for help. Decosta was arrested and charged for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

In court on Tuesday, March 14, Decosta was unrepresented when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. The trial ended within an hour. The victim, who is now 28, seemed fearful of Decosta in court and did not want to testify when she saw him. When asked if she preferred to be placed behind a board so she did not have to see him, she said it was okay. She still was reluctant to cooperate in court and the prosecutor in the case, Sgt. Bonifacio Rash, had to treat her as a hostile witness. He gave her the 2016 statement to read in court and asked if she remembers giving the statement to police. He asked if the contents were truths or lies. She said she told police those things because that was what happened to her. In his defense, Decosta said on the night in question that he was extremely drunk and could not recall doing any such things. He said he would never do something like that.
Chief Magistrate Smith ruled that Decosta was guilty of the charge and sentenced him to two years imprisonment.