Three years ago Belize City man Ellis Ortiz was stabbed six times while trying to leave the scene of a domestic argument.
On Wednesday, his attacker, 34 year old Nathaniel Thomas Jr., pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous harm in the court of Supreme Court Justice Troadio Gonzalez.
He will serve four years in prison after Justice Gonzalez agreed to his plea in mitigation, that time served on remand of three years be subtracted from his sentence. The charge carries a sentence of seven years in prison.
Around 7:30 p.m. on January 22, 2015, Ellis Ortiz was in the company of a woman at her Antelope Street Extension residence, when a man’s voice called to the woman from the back of the yard. Immediately recognizing the voice as that of Nathaniel Thomas, the father of her child, she went to the back of the yard and returned with Thomas in tow. He walked toward Ortiz even as the woman’s grandmother ordered him off the premises.
Ellis Ortiz said he decided to leave to avoid any argument, but before he could do so he was stabbed in the left side of the abdomen. A struggle began and Ortiz sustained five more wounds before a bystander intervened and wrested the knife from Thomas after a brief struggle.
Mr Ortiz was treated and his injuries medically classified as dangerous harm.
Nathaniel Thomas Junior did not have an attorney, and Crown Counsel Kileru Awich prosecuted.