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Man Sentenced for Killing His Sister

A man with mental health issues was sentenced to the Belize Central Prison for twenty five years.  28-year-old, Elijah Burke, who was diagnosed with mental and behavioural psychosis, pled guilty of killing his sister, Julian Burke.  Elijah was before Justice Marilyn Williams today in court for sentencing, represented by Attorney Darrell Bradley.  The backdrop to his sentencing dates back to March 2017 when he was charged with manslaughter.  According to Elijah, he was looking for someone to rob and when he carried out the act, he was unaware that the victim was his sister.  The story goes deeper, however, as Elijah not only robbed his sister, he also hacked her to death in front of his 6-year-old nephew in front of their home in the King’s Park area.  His sister was returning from a family function with her son while her husband, JD Funes was working in the cayes.  The case closes today when Elijah was sentenced to twenty five years with a deduction of five years due to his guilty plea he rendered in January 2019.//////