Hubert Martinez pleads guilty to manslaughter by negligence Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

In December 2013, Hubert Martinez, a 40-year-old BDF civilian driver, was charged with manslaughter by negligence for knocking down and killing Jahston Terry, a 3-year-old. Unlike Terry who was crushed on impact, his older brother, 5-year-old Jaheem Terry, was hit but only sustained injuries. For this injury, he was charged with negligent wounding.

The accident occurred on December 4, 2013 when the brothers were walking on the sidewalk at the Pound Yard in Belize City. The boys were hit by a white pickup truck which was being driven at the time by Martinez. According to the facts of the crown, there was no aggravating factor at the time since an alcohol and drug test came back negative.

More than 4 years later, Martinez was in the Supreme Court before Justice Marilyn Williams on Friday, February 9, 2018 where he pleaded guilty to the charges. The Justice had reserved her sentencing for Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and on that date, Martinez was imposed non-custodial fines for the offense. For the negligently taking the life of 3-year-old Jahston Terry, he was fined $2,500 plus a $5.00 cost of court which will be going to the Government of Belize. For that same offense, he was also fined $6,000 which is to be paid to the court but will go to the family of the deceased. He was additionally ordered to pay $1,500 toward Jaheem Terry for his injuries. The entire $10,000 fine must be paid in full by August 8, 2018.

In court, Rene Montero, prosecutor in the case, read the facts after Martinez indicated his intention to plead guilty to the charges. Martinez’s attorney, Bryan Neal, submitted that his client remains remorseful. Two character witnesses, Major Clifton Williams and Orlando Perez, were called in court. Both men spoke of Martinez’s hardworking and dedicated nature as a father and driver.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:38