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Spurned lover, charged with murder, pleads guilty to manslaughter

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 23, 2020– Noewellyn Williams, 46, a construction worker of Sandhill who was charged with the murder of his ex-common-law wife, Roxanne Pop, 33, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter when he appeared today before Justice Colin Williams.

His sentence was deferred until February 6 in order for the court to hear pleas for mitigation and to get an impact assessment report from the family of the victim.

Justice Williams will also look at a report from the Prison Department regarding Williams’ conduct while he has been in prison.

The stabbing which caused Pop’s death occurred about 7:00 p.m. on August 9, 2019, at 88 Boulevard Plaza, located on Central American Boulevard.

Williams was detained by the police shortly afterwards. He gave the police a statement, under caution, in which he admitted to stabbing Pop. He said in the statement that he went to meet Pop, the mother of his three children, at 88 Boulevard Plaza. He said they sat down around a table and he told her that he wanted to resume their relationship.

However, Pop, he said, began to bring up things from the past and she told him that she would never live with him again. Williams said he got up and leaned against the table and Pop got up too and repeated to him that she would never re-enter a romantic relationship with him.

Williams said he began to cry and he took out a knife and he stabbed Pop several times in the chest, then he fled from the area.

Williams was represented by attorney Stevanni Duncan, while Crown Counsel Riis Cattouse represented the Crown.

Feature Photo: (L-R) Noewellyn Williams and Roxanne Pop

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