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Loitering charges do not stand up in court Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 00:00

A Honduran man living in Belize for 15 years was taken to court on July 31, 2017 on a single charge of loitering. Lucky for him, the charge did not stand up in court because the facts of the case just did not substantiate the charge.

That man is 37-year-old Ismael Leon. He was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on a single charge of loitering.

Leon did not get a chance to plea as Magistrate Fraser was quick to see the error in the facts. The allegations made against Leon were that on July 28, 2017, he was loitering on the bridge located in the Holy Emmanuel area of Belize City. Police allegedly saw Leon and other men on the bridge and told them to get into the police vehicle because they were loitering.

According to the magistrate, for such a charge to stand up in court against a person, the officer would have had to warn the accused and tell him to leave the area and not arrest them until they refused to follow the orders of the officer.

With that, Leon was free to leave.