Chopping incident between Sanitation workers leaves one hospitalized and one on remand Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

A chopping incident between two co-workers in broad daylight in front of spectators has landed a sanitation worker behind bars. He is 53-year-old Dennis Winston Bowden of Belize City. Bowden has been accused of chopping his co-worker, 40-year-old Michael Orlando Tesucum, during a machete wielding incident at the corner of Cairo Street and Euphrates Avenue.

Acting upon information of a chopping incident, police visited the KHMH trauma room on Monday, December 18, 2017. There they saw Tesucum suffering from two cut wounds behind his head. Initial police investigation revealed that earlier that day, the cutting crew personnel with the Belize City Council were in a workers’ bus when an altercation ensued between Bowden and Tesucum where Bowden was seen inflicting the wounds on Tesucum.

Scenes of Crime personnel processed the scene and a blood swab and a machete were retrieved from the area as evidence in the case. Police say that several witnesses at the scene spoke with them and gave them helpful information which led to the arrest of Bowden.

Bowden, who was represented by attorney Leeroy Banner in court, appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 where he was read three indictable offenses. Senior Magistrate Ford explained to him that that meant that a plea would not yet be taken from him. She also explained that when the case file is ready, a preliminary inquiry will be held and if there is sufficient evidence, the matter will be taken to the Supreme Court for trial and that is where a judge will take a plea from him.

Bowden took a while to compose himself after he became emotional but once he did, he was read the three charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm with a deadly weapon, a machete, and use of deadly means of harm upon Tesucum. Bowden was remanded to prison until March 8, 2018 when he is due back in court.

Tesecum remains in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at the KHMH, having lost his right eye.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:21