Three years in jail for robbery Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Samir Martinez, the bus conductor that was robbed in July 2016, is now getting justice. His attacker, Elroy Hemmans, an accountant of La Democracia, has been sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Hemmans, who had initially pleaded not guilty, changed his plea at his last trial.

Martinez was in the company of a bus driver when a patron got personal with him after being taken off the bus in light of the fact that he could not pay his bus fare. That patron later returned to attack him, hitting him in the head with a rock in the Novelo’s Bus Terminal compound in Belize City. The money bag fell out of Martinez’s hands and Hemmans made away with $300. He was caught on Johnson Street by Martinez, the bus driver, and personnel from the police strike team.

Hemmans was offered bail in the past for the matter.  He changed his plea to guilty in fear of being sentenced the maximum jail time of 5 to 7 years. In court, Hemmans apologized to Martinez who accepted it. Magistrate Fraser explained that she could not just impose a fine as it would not be an appropriate punishment for the very serious offense. He was sentenced to three years effective May 17, 2017.