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John Burke home at last

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32-year-old John Burke is lucky to be home tonight with his three children after he was spared from going to jail. Burke was found guilty of dangerous harm on February 3 by a jury at the end of his trial

32-year-old John Burke is lucky to be home tonight with his three children after he was spared from going to jail. Burke was found guilty of dangerous harm on February 3 by a jury at the end of his trial. Burke was charged jointly with Kareem Eagan, another Belize City father, but Eagan was set free for now after the jury had deliberated for over four hours and unable to reach a verdict against him for the beating of Mario Zelaya in August 2016. Today at his sentencing, Burke, who was represented by an attorney Leeroy Banner, called his son, a 14-year-old who is a student at Edward P. Yorke High School, to speak on his behalf. But in rendering justice with mercy, Justice Colin Williams said he was guided by the principles of sentencing where he must take into consideration retribution, prevention, deterrence and rehabilitation. It’s a suspended 18 months prison sentence which means that for the next two years, Burke must not be convicted for any offense or else he will go to jail for 18 months. Justice Williams said that while he was hospitalized for a while, the injuries he sustained was never life-threatening. Zelaya, though, had to be placed in a comatose state for medical purposes by the doctor.

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