THE COURT REPORT – Monday, February 22nd. 2021

Homeless man is shot- Charged with aggravated assault upon cop who shot him- Harold Garbutt, a police officer!

By Anita Nembhard/Flowers
BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 22, 2021

An unprovoked chopping incident left one man hospitalized on Valentine Weekend and a police officer who came under attack responding to the first chopping incident was lucky to escape injury with only an attempt to harm him by one homeless man.

According to police, on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at around 4:00 p.m., police responded to reports of a chopping incident on Marine Parade Boulevard and found one man injured as they too came under attack and was lucky to escape injury.

22-year-old Akeem Patterson was seen with a cut wound to his head and in a report to police said he was attacked by a homeless man later identify as Francis Ramos of a no fix address in Belize City.

Police say that the homeless man who earlier had inflicted chop wound to Patterson assaulted the police when he attacked him with a machete and as a result, the officer in self-defense fired a shot which caught him in his leg.

The homeless man who has been identify as 47-Francis Ramos, a Belizean has been hospitalized for the last nine days at the KHMH. Today he was released into police custody and was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s court on a single charge of aggravated assault with a machete upon Harold Garbutt, (A police constable).

Ramos who claim he is homeless with a no fix address appeared before Senior Magistrate, Stephanie Gillett in Court #4 where he pleaded not guilty to the charge and was offered bail in the sum of $2,000 plus one surety which the magistrate order, his surety must be a Belizean surety.

But Ramos was unable to meet bail by the close of today’s office hours and he was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until April 22, 2021.

Today in court, Ramos was not levy any charges yet in connection with the incident involving Akeem Patterson who was injured.

It appears Patterson has not yet requested court action in the matter hence why no charges yet at this time.

“Francis Ramos, 47, is still yet to be charge for the chopping of Akeem Augustine”