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Legal Claim Against Central Prison – Sodomy

Legal Claim Against Central Prison – Sodomy
December 07
15:42 2019

Legal Claim Against Central Prison – Sodomy

The Belize Central Prison is facing a first of its kind, legal battle against a former inmate who seeks compensation after he claims that he was sodomized twice by a former inmate while on remand at the prison.

According to the claimant, because of prison rules and his remand status at the prison, he should not have been held in a cell with convicted prisoners. Yet prison officials placed him in the same cell with a convicted felon and alleged rapist, which resulted in him being sodomized twice.

The Reporter was informed that the claim was filed against the prison in December 2017 and the matter was heard this week before Justice Shona Griffith. She is expected to give a ruling on January 7th, 2020.

This is the first time that a legal matter of this nature has been lodged against the institution.

The claimant reported that he shared a cell with his alleged attacker, and around 1:00 p.m.on November 29th 2016 he was awakened from his sleep by someone choking him. The individual fainted and when he woke up, he found evidence that he had been raped. He alleged that when he confronted his cellmate, he was threatened and so he reported the matter to prison officials who disregarded his report.

Five days later on November 29th, 2016 the claimant reported that he was again awakened from his sleep by his cellmate who was attempting to rape him and a struggled ensued. He was then beaten unconscious and when he woke up, his cellmate was allegedly raping him.

A doctor was called in and confirmed that the claimant was raped and classified his injuries as wounding. The cellmate was charged for two counts of an unnatural act and one count of harm.

The accused is described as a career criminal and has been in and out of prison for the last fifteen years. He also has a previous charge of sodomy.

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