A 64-year-old man of Armenia Village is fighting for his life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Ward after he was robbed, badly beaten and sodomized.
He was found nude in an unconscious state at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, in bushes beside the road in Armenia Village. His clothes were found torn up a short distance away from him.
Witnesses told police that the man became intoxicated after socializing at a bar in the village on Tuesday night. He left the bar to go home, but fell asleep beside the road.
People in the area who saw him said that about 2:00 a.m. he awoke and again began to walk home, but he did not arrive at his house.
A man told police that he was travelling on the Hummingbird Highway, through Armenia, towards Cave Branch, when he saw a naked man lying on the roadside. When he stopped, another driver who was travelling in his vehicle in the opposite direction towards Belmopan from Dangriga stopped also, and they called police, who came to the scene. The elderly man was taken to the Belmopan Hospital, where he was stabilized before being rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Police say that when they saw the man, of Hispanic descent, he was in an unconscious state. He was taken to the Belmopan Hospital, but when they checked back to begin their investigation, he had been taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial, where he remains unconscious, on life support.
Police have launched an investigation into the beating and sodomy of the man, but so far, because of his unconscious state, the investigation is stalled.
However, people in the area told police that this is not the first time that the man has been sodomized when he was intoxicated, but this was the first time that he had been beaten and hurt.
Police investigations continue.