Minor pleads guilty for handling stolen boat engine
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Two relatives, a minor and his 36 year old relative, Daniel Humes, both fishermen, were arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court today on a single charge of handling stolen goods.
Allegations are that on Monday, November 16, 2015, both men were found in possession of an outboard blue in colour 15 horse power engine value $5,800 belonging to 53 year old Fisherman, George Marin. Daniel Humes pleaded not guilty while the minor pleaded guilty to the charge.
Humes told Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer that he was not at home when the police recovered the engine, but that he had just gotten in from caye when he found the police at his home and they informed him that they will arrest and charge him since the stolen item was found at his home.
Humes was shocked since he had no knowledge of the item being inside his house. However, the minor explained that he saw some men riding around with the engine and one of them approached him to sell it. He bought it for $1,500 to outfit his family’s boat but swore he never had any idea or thought it was “hot stuff.”
While his guilty plea was accepted by the court, the Senior Magistrate has deferred sentencing of the minor for January 19, 2016 and ordered a social inquiry report into the minor before she passes sentence upon him.
Since the prosecutor is not certain yet if they will withdraw the charge against Daniel Humes after his relative pleaded guilty to the charge, both were offered bail in the sum of $2,000 each plus one surety of the same.
The Senior Magistrate also asked the prosecutor to look into the legitimacy of Daniel Humes’ version of the story in anticipation of possibly dropping the charges. Humes has met bail but his young relative has yet to do so.
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