BELIZE CITY–In April, Silvia Waight, 19, a resident of Mile 16, Sandhill Village, Belize District, was stabbed at a bar in the village and no one was charged for the incident. However, the Director of Public Prosecutions has recently directed that a Belize City woman be charged with one count of the use of deadly means of harm, in connection with the stabbing.
On Tuesday morning, Lorna Jones, 26, a resident of Mahogany Street Extension, was escorted to court by Crimes Investigation Branch (CIB) police.
“I direct you to charge Jones with the offense of use of deadly means of harm and that she be tried summarily or on indictment and as such, the 6 months limitation period does not apply,” the DPP’s memorandum to police said.
Police had executed the DDP’s orders and arrested Jones, who was arraigned before Magistrate Dale Cayetano on one count of the “use of deadly means of harm” upon Waight.
No plea was taken from Jones, because her case will be tried on indictment in the Supreme Court.
The court prosecutor, however, did not object to bail, and so Magistrate Cayetano offered her bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount, which she met.
Jones is to return to court on January 19, 2015.
Sylvia Waight had reported to police, that she was socializing, at Reeds Bar and Grill, in Sandhill, when a fight started outside the bar where she was standing.
Waight told police that a woman she had known for five months approached her and pulled out a shiny object and stabbed her in the stomach.
Waight said in court that the injury caused her to collapse to the ground and she only regained consciousness while receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).