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NCFC demands fair treatment for children in the Justice System

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A thirteen year old Belize City boy has been charged with firearm offences after he pulled a gun at law enforcement officers. It happened on Saturday the thirteen-year-old pointed a .38 chrome special revolver at officers who were responding to a tip concerning a suspicious person. Officers shot the boy on both legs and he remains in a stable condition at the KHMH. He was charged in the presence of a Justice of the Peace since his parents did not show up. The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) has fired a release condemning police for charging the teenager in the absence of his parents or a Community Rehabilitation Officer. The NCFC says that police’s action is in contravention of Section 2 of the Juvenile Offenders Act of Belize. The NCFC is calling on the justice system to ensure that the rights of the 13 year old is adhered to. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams says he is in full agreement with the NCFC. In a statement to the media, Williams said that the police department will quote, “continue to uphold the rights of children whether in our custody or not with a view to ensure they are not unfairly treated.” End of quote. He says that immediately after the incident the child’s grandmother was on the scene and the father was immediately contacted. He also said that it was expected that the father would not cooperate with police since he believe that the child was not at fault. Williams explained that since the father did not want to present himself, the boy was charge in the presence of a Justice of the Peace. The teenage is expected to be arraigned when he is released from the hospital.

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