12 more years behind bars for Glenford Baptist

Posted: Monday, December 21st, 2015. 9:18 p.m. CST

Glenford BaptistBy Aaron Humes: Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today told prisoner Glenford Baptist that he will continue to spend time in prison for the 2000 murder of Azrin White in Belize City. However, he no longer faces either death or life in prison.

The Chief Justice decided on a term of 25 years’ imprisonment to begin from the date of conviction in 2001, which takes into account time already served. It means Baptist will spend a further twelve years in prison, though he could be out before if paroled or released for continued good behaviour.

Baptist and his co-defendants, Gilroy Wade Jr., and Oscar Mendez was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death in November 2001 in the Supreme Court of then Justice Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, after a jury had found them guilty of acting in a joint enterprise to kill Azrin White on the night of July 24, 2000.

Baptist, Wade and Mendez were looking for another man on Iguana Street Extension, when they took notice of White, who was sitting with his girlfriend and had just come home from work. After an exchange in which Baptist threatened White, he gave the gun he was holding to Mendez and said, “Do what you have to do,” meaning to shoot White, who died on the spot.

But the death sentence imposed by the Court was overturned because the State took too long to execute Baptist and because the sentence was automatically given and not contested, both of which violated his Constitutional rights.

The Chief Justice considered in-person testimony from two speakers on Baptist’s behalf, concentrating on his rehabilitation, and affidavits from two others.

While the Chief Justice took notice of Baptist’s rough upbringing and efforts at rehabilitation, he had to weigh it against the deliberate and premeditated nature of his decision to have White killed.

Ruling out a life sentence as it would have the same effect as a sentence of death, the Chief Justice reached his decision with the understanding that Baptist would continue to serve his time and continue his rehabilitation.

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2 Responses to 12 more years behind bars for Glenford Baptist

  1. Howard Reply

    January 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Should have been executed , gangsters all the same , ruin the fabric of civilised society , execute him and all other gangsters who have murdered

  2. Cha Ming Reply

    January 4, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Let’s pat him on the back and tell him how glad we are that he seems to be a reformed man and forget why he’s there in the first place, an innocent man is still dead and why? For back chatting baptiste who was the gun carrier, yeah he may not have shot the poor guy but he handed the gun to his friend and told him “do what you need to”. If it was a woman or child that was killed would we all be so quick to support the annulment of his death sentence? A life is precious wether man woman or child and each should be treated with same respect with a punishment that fits the crime, a life for a life, if he didn’t have the gun then maybe nobody would be dead and he wouldn’t be locked up anyway, so what’s this documentary telling people ey? Take a life, wash pots for 14 years, say a few sorry’s and off you trot back home to your family, great message!!!!!!

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