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Thursday, 03 May 2018 00:00

Two men who were accused of assaulting and robbing 19-year-old Joshua Jones have walked free from the charges brought against them after Jones failed to show up in court. Jones, an unemployed resident of Belama, was robbed and beaten by two men on November 11, 2017. When his case was finally called to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, April 26, 2018, he was a no show.

The accused men were 26-year-old Matthew Smith and 18-year-old Dowellson Blair. Smith was charged for robbery and wounding while Blair was only charged with wounding Jones. Because Jones was a no show in court, the prosecution was forced to offer no further evidence against the accused.

Jones reported to the police on November 11 that while he was walking in the city, a vehicle rode up next to him and Smith and Blair exited. They then beat him before popping a chain from around his neck. They ran off but a police mobile was in the area and caught up with who threw the chain on the ground from where it was recovered.