Maim Victim says he didn’t get justice

In April of last year, 30 year old Leon Humes, of Belmopan lost his left eye while trying to break up a fight. Since then no one has been arrested.

According to reports, Leon Humes left the La Cabaña night club, in Las Flores Belmopan, and made his way to a nearby food stall at around 2 a.m on Saturday morning. But before he could even purchase his food, Mr Humes saw a group of men embroiled in a physical confrontation and reportedly intervened. Upon doing so, one of the men allegedly punched him in the face, but it didn’t end there.

Reports have it that the men pounced upon Leon Humes and started beating him up. In the midst of all the chaos, someone reportedly threw an object which caught Mr Humes in the left eye. He was rushed to the Karl Huesnor Memorial Hospital, but despite doctors’ best efforts, leon Humes lost his left eye for good. The injury was classified as maim.

Police appeared to be confident in this case, and had affirmed that they were looking for four individuals well-known to the law, but nothing came out of it. Shortly after the incident, they called Leon Humes to partake in an ID parade but he was unable to identify his aggressor.

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vlcsnap-2015-01-31-08h13m16s35Gaynor  Humes – Sister of Leon Humes

“It was light when this incident took place. You’ve already lost sight in one eye and, from what my brother explained, when he got hit he didn’t even realize it.  It was like a total blackout. 

So now, how can you expect someone who just lost an eye to do an ID Parade and make a correct identification?  Honestly, I believe that ID Parade was ridiculous.

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” Do you thing if they tries doing the ID Parade again, right now since he is OK in one eye, do you think it would have better results?”

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Gaynor  Humes

“I think it would definitely be better, because that ID Parade was done soon after this incident took place, and you need to understand the emotions that are taking place, the psychological effect that this had on my brother.  Even though today he says he’s OK, you can still see that he’s not OK.”

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His sister, Gaynor Humes, was the first relative to respond to the incident that faithful night,  and she strongly believed that justice would have been served.

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Gaynor  Humes

“For me, I honestly thought there would be justice. 

The Officer said that they found the slingshot that was used. He viewed the surveillance camera. They know the guy who committed the act.  There was one witness, but she refused to testify. 

We can file a civil suit, because we have the file showing directly who the guy was that committed the act, but just due to the fact that they don’t have enough evidence, they couldn’t take any further stand against it. 

Yes, we know the name of the guy, and we could have been like ‘an eye for an eye’, because we know who it is.  So why not get back at the person?    But, what’s that going to solve?  Two wrongs don’t make it right.  Wrong here, wrong there, that won’t work.”

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Meanwhile the family is still racked with medical expenses.

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Gaynor  Humes

“The medical bills are still being paid.  After the surgery, the consultation was done privately at Doctor Hagar in Belize City.  All visits [cost] $90, $40 for the eye drops, to make sure that the eye doesn’t get infected. [The Doctor] explained to us that if it gets infected he can lose vision in the other eye.  So you just have to constantly be on top of it, make sure it’s cleaned properly.

He got a replacement eye.  He has to go and get it adjusted every so often, proper fitting.  It’s an expense.  It’s on us.”

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30 year old Leon Humes worked as a construction worker for some time, but had to stop because the dust would irritate his injured eye.

Superintendent Howell Gillett, the Officer Commanding Belmopan Police station, came into office after the incident occurred. The family has since spoken to him, who affirmed them that the case file for that investigation will be revisited.
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