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Court News: Illegal Immigrants Imprisoned …. Duo Charged with Grievous Harm

Four Cubans, three men and one woman, were each fined one thousand dollars today by Magistrate Stephanie Gillett after they pled guilty to illegal entry. They were ordered to pay the fines forthwith. They were unable to pay so they were taken to prison to serve six months after which they will be expelled from Belize. They are 27-year-old, Glendis Candero, 28-year-old, Libon Rosales, 23 year old Ruben Palma and 33 year old Pedro Martinez. They were on a passenger bus heading to Belize City yesterday afternoon when police apprehended them at a checkpoint at mile 4 on George Price Highway. They were handed over to the Immigration Department and when they were interviewed by immigration officers they said they came into Belize from Guatemala via the banks of the Mopan River.

Two persons, 28 year old Darwin Howard and 19 year old Selwin McDonald, were charged with grievous harm when they appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. They were both released on cash bails of five hundred dollars and their case was adjourned until October 5. The complainant, Johan Polanco, reported to the police that on June 19 in the vicinity of Queen Square Anglican School he was attacked and beaten by Howard and McDonald which resulted in him suffering a broken nose.