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Man pleads guilty to harming ex common law wife and her sister, refutes charge of aggravated assault

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2021. 9:52 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: When 24-year-old Esmir Garrido, appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court today he pleaded guilty to two counts of harm but not guilty to a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Garrido pleaded guilty to harming his ex- common law wife, Michelle Gutierrez, and her sister, Joanna Pineda. Gutierrez told police that Garrido had texted her asking for money but she refused, saying that she didn’t have the amount he was asking for. She said that about an hour after his request, Garrido showed up at their home and attacked them, punching her to the head, face and back, while punching her sister to the temple and shoulder.

In court, Garrido said that Gutierrez owed him $800 and refused to pay him back. He was fined $800 for each count of harm plus two separate $5 cost of court fees, for a total of $1,605. Garrido needs to pay his fines by November 30 or spend eight months in prison for defaulting.

With respect to the aggravated assault charge, Shannon Vernon, 31, alleged that back in April Garrido came to his home and called him outside. When he did, Garrido opened fire on him; however, he escaped unharmed.

Garrido is scheduled to return to court on October 14 for that matter.


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