Crime — 14 March 2014

A Belize City man who pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and wounding was sentenced to seven years in prison when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer this morning.

Eutychus Nuñez, 19, an unemployed of 6060 Mahogany Street, was accused of stealing a beach cruiser bicycle and wounding the owner, Delroy Herrera, Jr., a seventeen-year-old minor and student, in the process of committing the robbery.

According to court documents, Herrera was riding his beach cruiser bicycle on Princess Margaret Drive around 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, when two men rode up beside him.

One of the men, Herrera reported to police, asked him for a dollar, and he refused.

At that point, one of the men punched him in his face, causing him to fall off his bicycle.

When he fell from his bicycle, one of the men picked it up and they both rode away, leaving him on the ground.

Herrera, who sustained a swelling on his face that a doctor classified as wounding, immediately made a report to police about the incident.

The police carried out an investigation which resulted in the recovery of the bicycle and the positive identification of Nuñez as the man who punched Herrera and rode off on his bicycle.

Magistrate Frazer sentenced Nuñez to six years in prison for the robbery of Herrera’s bicycle and one year for wounding him.

Frazer stipulated that the sentences are to run consecutively.

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