An apparently senseless stabbing incident that left a teenager dead and another injured last Saturday, has resulted in murder and other criminal charges against a Hattieville resident, who was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court and remanded to prison today.
Justin Lemott, 25, of 19 Foster Street, Hattieville, appeared animated and wanted to speak when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. But since no plea was required from him, as he was only being arraigned on the charges, she told him this was not the time for him to talk, before reading the charges to him.
Smith read the murder charge first, which accused Lemott, on April 4, of intentionally and unlawfully causing the death of Richard Waight, Jr., in Hattieville, in the Belize Judicial District.
But in addition to murder, police also charged him with the attempted murder of Austin Rhaburn, 16, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm against Rhaburn, all of which are indictable and will be sent to the Supreme Court for trial, once a prima facie case can be established against Lemott.
Lemott has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court date on May 8.
On Friday night, an altercation between some young men on the basketball court in Hattieville, which is just a stone’s throw away from the police station in that area, turned into an ugly confrontation that resulted in the stabbing death of Richard Waight, Jr., and the stabbing of his friend Austin Rhaburn, both of whom were stabbed in the chest area.
Waight was a promising football striker who was reportedly being scouted by the Belmopan Bandits. Waight later died in his father’s arms, after telling him (his father) that he was in unbearable pain.
Rhaburn was treated for his injury and released from the hospital.
Police have reportedly recovered the knife used in the fatal stabbing.