Belize Coast Guard Officer Hospitalized After Violent Brawl in Burrell Boom Village
A member of the Belize Coast Guard is hospitalized after he was attacked during a brawl on Friday night in Burrell Boom Village. Police say that around 11 o’clock, 31-year-old Daniel Sabido, a resident of Fresh Pond Village, was attacked by a group of men during a fight that broke out at the Burrell Boom Park. Sabido was hit with a bat and glass bottles in the head and left unconscious. The BCG officer was then rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery. BCG Commandant, Rear Admiral Elton Bennett, explained that Sabido is a well-respected sailor who was defending himself when things took a turn for the worse.
Rear Admiral Elton Bennett, Commander, Belize Coast Guard: “The information that we received was that it was a basketball game in the village and he was there and there was some misunderstanding that led to a fight. He defended himself to the best of his ability and eventually ended up in an unconscious state on the ground. Police came to his assistance, he was transported to KHMH unconscious. He went into surgery. Just before his surgery, I had the opportunity to speak with him virtually. I was out of the country, so I had the opportunity to at least do a video chat with him. He was paralyzed half of his body was, his left side of his body he had no movement, he could not move his arm or legs. He had no feelings at all in his left side of his body. He was able to recognize my face and my voice. We had a very short conversation before going into surgery. Coming out of surgery, we believe that he’s progressing very well. He’s now able to move a little bit more. He’s able to move fingers to at least to a certain degree more than he could have before the surgery. So we want to say that the surgery was successful and that he’s on the road to recovery and that we look forward to his return at work. He has been with the organization for 14 years now. He’s one of our very competent petty officers. His specialty is in training. When I spoke with him he said, sir, we have a training to run on Monday. And he was on his sick bed going into surgery and he was concerned about the training that would occur on Monday. So I had to reassure him that we’ll be fine. We’ll be able to operate without him and just focus on his recovery. So a very good sailor. He makes valuable contribution to the organization in the field of training but also as a boson mate. He is our most senior boson mate, the person responsible for keeping the vessels seaworthy. He has represented us well overseas, in the United States and in Jamaica and on different detachments overseas. And he has held the organization’s name to the highest level of credibility. So somebody that we value his service to the organization and we look forward to his return to work.”
The incident occurred during a basket tournament that is being held by the village’s council. Today, Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, visited the area to ensure that peace is restored and says the police are working to prevent a similar occurrence.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “The concerns of the village council chairman is that they have a tournament and seemingly whenever these games are going on we have clashes between two groups, one from Fresh Pond and one from Burrell Boom and the clash between them normally turns violent. So I assured him because they were planning to stop the tournament and I said to him don’t stop the tournament, if you stop the tournament then you are giving in to the terminals. We want the tournament to continue because the tournament is geared at capturing or providing an outlet for those young people within the area. We want to find something positive to do, so we cannot allow that to stop for the likes of any criminals who want to achieve certain things. And we are going to make sure we provide the necessary security to make sure the tournament continues. Likewise, I have also said to them that the police will do what needs to be done to investigate the matter properly and make sure that all those persons who may be at fault or have some part to play in that particular fight are dealt with. If it is that we have to charge 30 of them and take them before a court we are going to do that and the court may bound them over the peace and we have something on them. But we have to send a strong message. We cannot have a situation in a small village where groups are clashing over colors and are putting the wider public at risk. We cannot have that. So we will do what needs to be done to make sure that the issue in Burrell Boom is addressed and addressed adequately.”
Police have since detained multiple persons and are in the process of laying charges.