Man arrested for burglary in brutal beating of senior citizen

Yesterday, we also told you about the savage beating of 93-year-old Patrick Grant when someone entered his Belize City home to steal his vlcsnap-1568-03-29-01h55m57s030television set. Grant was at home sleeping at the time when he was awakened by a loud bang and his front door opened. Upon making checks, he was confronted by a male person who assaulted him and then stole his 21 inch Toshiba brand television valued at $250.00. Grant was found suffering from cut wounds to the head and swelling to the face. Today, police have since recovered the television and have arrested and charged 35-year-old Chester Noralez. Noralez, a Construction Worker of Fern Lane appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to be read two counts of burglary and dangerous harm. He denied the charges and told the court that he bought a television, which he admits that he thinks was stolen, from someone on Boxing Day night and was taking it inside his house when police arrived. In court, no plea was taken from Noralez for dangerous harm since it is an indictable offense, but he pleaded not guilty to burglary. According to Noralez, at no time did he burglarize Grant’s house, and he is puzzled that police charged him for burglary and not handling stolen goods since he admitted to having the stolen item. The court prosecutor heavily objected to bail being granted to Noralez since they think that he may try to interfere with the victim since he is his neighbour and due to the serious nature of the offense and the fact that the victim remains hospitalized and it is possible that additional charges could be levied against him. Senior Magistrate Fraser agreed and denied bail to Noralez and remanded him to the Belize Central Prison until February 2, 2016.

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