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Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2023. 10:31 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: 19-year-old Kijahe Molina of Elston Kerr Street, Belize City, was charged with wounding of Constable Zani Savala on Monday night after they got into an argument over the early closing of Good Will Store on Central American Boulevard.

Molina was read the charge before Chief Magistrate Jayani Wegodapola and pleaded not guilty, but was not allowed to explain himself unless he wanted to change his plea.

Molina was offered bail of $1,000 and is ordered to stay away from the complainant, relatives, and other prosecution witnesses and avoid being arrested and charged with further offenses. He returns to court on September 19.

Officer Savala was on special duty and at ten minutes before nine Monday night, he slid the gate of the shop shut, leaving only customers already inside to finish buying and paying for their goods.

It was then that a Kriol descent man alleged to be Molina approached and begged to be let in, however, the officer did not budge and they began to argue. The man then pulled a knife from his left side pants waist and stabbed at Savala, injuring his left arm.

The attacker, later identified as Molina, was quickly captured. He had nothing to say as he left court today.


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