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Bar fight leads to immigration status check and karaoke singer pleads guilty

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A security guard who also moonlights as a karaoke singer, found himself changing his tune in front of Magistrate Michelle Trapp today.  Thirty-nine-year-old Byron Villadores changed his plea to guilty to keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license earlier today.  The incident happened four years ago on the 15th of November, 2014. At that time, members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) reported that they were on mobile patrol on Maskall Street when their attention was drawn to Villadores who was standing on the street. They said that when they approached Villadores they saw him throw a black object to the ground and when they retrieved the object it was a black pistol with 5 rounds of ammunition in its magazine. Villadores was unable to produce a license for the firearm, consequently, he was arrested and charged.  After hearing pleas for mitigation from Villadores, earlier today his attorney, Dickie Bradley asked that the magistrate to impose a fine instead of a custodial sentence.  Magistrate Trapp deferred sentencing until the tenth of December. Also in the courts, two Honduran Nationals employed as waitresses at DreamLike City, a bar in Belize City were embroiled in a fight.  23-year-old Sulmaria Escobar and 24-year-old Iris Reyes found themselves yesterday before Magistrate Khadeem Palmer. The incident occurred around 1:15 a.m. on November 27th. The complainant, 19-year-old Tanya Mayen, reported to the police that she was socializing at the club when she was approached by Escobar who began to insult her. She said that afterwards she was approached by Reyes who pushed her to the ground while Escobar jumped on top of her and began to beat her. She said she tried to defend herself but Escobar beat her in the head and she became unconscious. She said that when she regained consciousness she found herself still inside the club and she was taken to the hospital where the doctor who examined her classified her injury as harm.  Escobar was charged with harm while Reyes was charged with common assault. They pleaded not guilty to the charges. Reyes was offered a bail of $3,500, which she met and Escobar was denied bail and she was remanded into custody until January 4, 2019, because of her immigration status in Belize

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