Highlights — 16 October 2015 — by Rowland A. Parks
“ET,” career criminal, accused of sodomy, is remanded

BELIZE CITY, Tues. Oct. 13, 2015–A Belize City man who has racked up a number of criminal offences and who was out on bail is back behind bars at the Belize Central Prison after he was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith this morning on a charge of committing an unnatural act.

   Chief Magistrate Smith read the charge to Basil Earl Willis, AKA “ET,” and only asked him if he understood the charge. No plea was taken from Willis, because the matter is an indictable offense and will be heard in the Supreme Court after a preliminary inquiry is held at the Magistrate’s Court to determine if there is a prima facie case against him.

   The allegation against the 47-year-old Willis is that on Saturday, October 10, he sodomized a 23-year-old Belize City man, who reported the matter to police.

   The man told police that on Saturday, he was making some inquiries about the Marion Jones Sports Complex, and Willis offered to take him there.

   It was while they were at the Marion Jones Sports Complex that Willis allegedly sodomized his victim. The details of how he managed to sodomize the man, however, were not made available.

   Willis has a number of convictions for crimes of dishonesty and has cases pending in the Magistrate’s Court for which he had been released on bail, prior to this latest allegation against him.

   Court records reveal that Willis has been before the courts for a number of incidents, which include possession of a pipe; theft; assaulting a police officer; resisting arrest; conspiracy to commit theft; drug trafficking (for which he had pleaded guilty and spent prison time); possession of an article with a blade; burglary; and robbery of Western Union on Coney Drive after the company had recently moved to that location.

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