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Samuel August Sr. is arraigned and remanded Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

In the early hours on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, Samuel August Sr., who had just recently lost a custody case for his children to their maternal grandmother, ran his work backhoe into that grandmother’s house. The heinous act of this now-former Belize City Council employee became fatal, causing the death of his 5-year-old son, Samir August, and the grandmother, Louise Young, 53. August did not stop there; he proceeded to run into Young’s neighbour’s home, Charles Butler, during which he caused injury to 12-year-old Britney Craig, who was also sleeping in Young’s home. If it were not for Butler using his licensed firearm to shoot at August, he would have possibly caused more wreckage.

August was arrested that same day but escaped police custody two days later on November 2, 2018 after his handcuffs were removed to allow him to use the bathroom. He caused even more havoc; he forcefully removed Tanisha Ross from her Chevrolet Equinox and stole it before ramming it into a backhoe, which was parked on the Philip Goldson Highway. While in the car, he inflicted several stab wound to himself with a pair of scissors. He was rearrested and placed under police guard at the KHMH where he received medical treatment.

Before August second incident, the police told the media that Samir August and Louise Young’s deaths were not being investigated as murders since August would have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. However, on Friday, November 9, 2018, nine days following the initial incident, 34-year-old August was arraigned on four criminal charges, three indictable charges for which no plea was taken and one charge that will be dealt with summarily.

He was taken to the court in handcuffs and shackles from his waist to feet and he made his way from the prison van and waited to be called into the court of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, where he appeared unrepresented. He was read two counts of murder for the deaths of Samir August and Louise Young and one count of dangerous harm for the injury caused to Britney Craig. He was additionally charged with one count of robbery by force, which occurred on November 2, 2018. No pleas were taken for the first three offenses but for the last one, August pleaded not guilty. He could not be offered bail since he is remanded on charges of murder. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until January 19, 2018

Samuel August’s girlfriend and the mother of their three boys, who died three years ago, had left their children in the care of her mother and the Belize Family Court recently ruled in favour of the grandmother. It is believe that it was losing his boys to their grandmother was what may have triggered the atrocious act.

 
U.S. National dies in San Pedro Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

At 10:28 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018, police visited Saphire Resort, 10 miles north of San Pedro Town. Upon arrival at the resort, they observed the motionless body of Larry Alan Pfrifer, a 60-year-old retired American lying face up on a sofa in the living room.  Police also observed blood coming out from his nose and mouth.

Initial investigations revealed that earlier that night, a security officer was conducting his routine patrol around the compound when he discovered Pfrifer lying in the sofa motionless.  No signs of violence were observed on the body and the post mortem conducted on the body showed that he died of natural causes.

 


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