Headline — 19 June 2019 — by Roy Davis (freelance reporter)
Ernesto Lewis, alleged woman beater, charged with grievous harm

BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 17, 2019– Ernesto Caddy Lewis, 33, a tour guide of Nargusta Street, Belmopan,  who allegedly attacked his ex-common-law wife, was charged with grievous harm when he appeared today before Magistrate Michelle Trapp.

Lewis pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on bail of $3,000; his case was adjourned until August 19, and bail was granted on the condition that he doesn’t interfere with the virtual complainant, Maria Cristina Cawich, 22.

The incident allegedly occurred about 12:30 a.m. on December 29, 2018. Cawich did not give a statement to the police and request court action until almost 6 months afterwards.

Apparently, she had hoped that she and Lewis would have resolved the matter.

Cawich reported to the police that while she was at the house of her cousin, Eric Urbano, located at Mile 1 ½ on the George Price Highway, she received a call from Lewis, who asked her where she was. She said that after she told him that she was at her cousin’s house having a few drinks, he told her that he would come and pick her up.

Cawich said that he arrived shortly afterwards in his 4-door car, and they drove to Belize City. Cawich said Lewis asked if she was hungry and after she told him she was, he drove her to Albert Street and bought soup for her.

According to Cawich, he then drove her to her apartment on Central American Boulevard. She said Lewis got angry because she told him to take the food out of his car, and he drove away.

Cawich said she went to her room and changed her clothes to go back to her cousin’s house and when she was leaving the room, she felt a punch to the left side of her face, and she fell to the ground.

She said that when she looked up, she saw Lewis standing over her. She said Lewis grabbed her by her hair and dragged her on the ground. She also said that Lewis began to choke her and he did not release her until he saw that she was losing her breath.

Cawich told police that after Lewis released her, he left.

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