Headline — 10 November 2015 — by Albert J. Ciego
Leslie shoots Leslie in Santa Elena

SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Cayo District, Mon. Nov. 9, 2015–Charles Marvin Leslie, 27, of Unitedville, Cayo District, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison today on a charge for the attempted murder of Calvin Leslie, 45, a laborer of Santa Cruz Street, Santa Elena Town.

Charles Leslie was also charged with the use of deadly means of harm, keeping a firearm without a gun license, keeping ammunition without a gun license (9mm rounds) and handling stolen goods.

Police say that Charles Leslie shot Calvin Leslie in the upper shoulder during a struggle, which was witnessed by police at about 12:30 Saturday morning in a yard on Santa Cruz Street.

Police came on the scene during the struggle and found Charles Leslie holding a gun in his hand, and arrested him.

Leslie was taken to the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court today, where he was arraigned on the charges and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until December 19.

Police said that they were on patrol on Santa Cruz Street when they heard screams for help coming from a yard. They quickly stopped the mobile unit and went to see what was happening, and found two men struggling on the ground.

The officers quickly intervened and separated the two men, and they then saw that one of the men was bloody after having been shot in the upper right shoulder. The other man was holding a 9mm pistol in his left hand.

The victim, identified as Calvin Leslie, was taken to the San Ignacio Town Hospital, where he was admitted in a serious but stable condition, and the man in whose hand the gun was found, identified as Charles Marvin Leslie, was arrested.

The gun was found to be loaded with 5 live rounds, and police discovered that Charles Leslie did not have a gun license for possession of the firearm and the ammunition.

After checking at the police station, police found that the gun had been stolen from Cesar Pulido, also of Santa Elena. Leslie was then additionally charged with handling stolen goods.

Police said that the two men (Charles Leslie and Calvin Leslie) are not related.

Charles Marvin Leslie, however, is no stranger to police. In January 2013, he was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of Woodrow Reyes, 21, while he was on remand for the attempted murder of Durant Rhaburn that occurred in August 2011, in the Belize Central Prison. Police said that he stabbed Reyes in the neck while they were in a cell.

The prosecution had relied on the statement that Reyes gave police, claiming that he knew and saw the man who stabbed him and identified him as Leslie.

However, in court the case fell apart and Leslie was acquitted.

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