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Elvis Haylock jailed for six months for beating his common-law wife in a fight

Posted: Saturday, November 25, 2023. 8:53 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Elvis Haylock of Western Avenue, Belize City, crossed the line on Tuesday morning when he assaulted his common-law wife, Camilah Montes, at their home, sending her to hospital.

On Friday, he pleaded guilty to a charge of harm and drew a prison sentence of six months.

Haylock claims it was Montes who abused him and “gave away” their children, but the presiding Senior Magistrate said the court would not agree to a fine because of the gender-based violence implications in the assault.

ACP Hilberto Romero, Regional Commander, Eastern Division, detailed the initial police report: “On Tuesday, November 21st, 2023, police responded to a report that a female was injured at Western Avenue here in Belize City found Camilah Montes, 41 years old, with a large cut wound to the forehead. …Information is that she was with a male person and they had some sort of dispute after which the male person hit her on the head with a piece of board.”

Montes told police that she was hanging out with Haylock when she got up and went into the bedroom and he followed her. Montes said they began to argue and she walked away from him into the yard. Haylock followed her and grabbed her around her neck and she noticed he had a piece of board in his hand, which he used to hit her, causing her to fall to the ground unconscious, waking up at the hospital.

In mitigation, Haylock told the court that while his action seemed to be like he had a history, he had been in an abusive relationship. He claimed he had been trying with Montes the best he could, but the court system took away all four of their children, the oldest three years old and the youngest only three months old.

Haylock has four previous convictions for harm and this is his fifth conviction for the same offense. He will also concurrently serve five months in lieu of an outstanding fine for a previous harm conviction.


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