Shaylon Santos guilty of maim Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Shaylon Santos remains on remand after he was found guilty of maim before Justice Francis Cumberbatch in the Belmopan Supreme Court. Santos is a 21-year-old resident of Teakettle and at 17-years-old, he was charged for chopping another Teakettle resident. Santos and Aldo Moro became involved in an altercation that left the victim with a chop wound to the head and the left hand completely severed at the wrist.

The incident occurred on October 4, 2014 in Teakettle Village at around 6:00 p.m. in front of J&J’s Supermarket. In trial, Moro testified that upon exiting a store, he felt someone hit him in the back of his head. He recognized his attacker and that is when Santos drew a machete and chopped him in his head. Moro alleges that they got into a struggle and in attempting to shield himself from the machete, he raised his hand. Santos swung at him and he received a wound to his wrist. Santos then fled the scene but was picked up by police who charged him with maim.

In Santos’s version of events, he said that he was acting in self defense as Moro walked toward him with his hand under his shirt. He said that Moro entered the shop and came out still with his hand under his shirt and that is when he saw a machete and inflicted the wound to Moro’s head. He said that that did not deter Moro and he was forced to attack him again and that is when he chopped him on his hand.

Unfortunately for Santos, the jury of 9 that deliberated, unanimously, found him guilty of the charge. Sentencing for Santos has been deferred to Thursday, May 17, 2018. He is also on remand for the murder of a female which occurred about one year ago in Teakettle.