Crime General — 26 September 2014 — by Rowland A. Parks
City resident charged with attempted murder

BELIZE CITY–Despite the police’s much trumpeted “Not in My City” operation, last Wednesday night, September 17, there was a spike in gun violence in Belize City. The gun violence erupted in the wake of an early afternoon murder, and by the time it subsided, two more persons had lost their lives and as many as eight persons had suffered gunshot wounds.

Today, a Belize City man was remanded to prison after he was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court on charges of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm, in connection with one of the shooting incidents on Wednesday night.

Ryan “Roybo” Davis, 26, a construction worker and resident of 117 Belama Phase 2, was not required to make a plea when he appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, who arraigned him on the charge of attempted murder against Joseph Roland. Davis’ case will be heard on indictment in the Supreme Court.

According to police, on Wednesday, after 8:00 p.m., they received information about shots being fired at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Antelope Street Extension.

Police reported that their initial investigation revealed that Roland, a resident of Pelican Street, had gone to buy food and was standing at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Antelope Street Extension when a lone gunman approached him and fired a single shot at him, causing his injury.

The gunman’s bullet struck Roland in the head, but fortunately for him, it did not cause any major damage to his brain, and he was treated and released from the Karl Heunser Memorial Hospital.

Roland, however, according to the advice of his doctor, will have to live with that bullet lodged in his head.

Davis was remanded to prison until his next court appearance on November 7, 2014.

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