Prison escapee formally charged

Police have brought 25 year old Emmanuel Willoughby, accused of escape from lawful custody, to court in relation to his alleged breakout from the Central Prison at Hattieville on New Year’s Eve. Serving a five year prison sentence for firearm offences, Mr Willoughby is accused of cutting a hole in the door of his cell and breaking out of jail.

Emmanuel Willoughby pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart, and his case was adjourned until April 20.

Police apprehended Willoughby last week, after receiving information that he was in an abandoned house on Arlington Drive in Belize City, but not before shooting him in his arm and leg after claims that he resisted arrest and possessed what appeared to be a weapon.

Emmanuel Willoughby was in treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, and was brought to court on Wednesday, after discharge from the hospital.

Emmanuel  Willoughby may also face a charge of robbery in relation to an incident which occurred New Yan Chinese Store on Bella Vista Street in San Ignacio. The owner of the store reported to the police that while he was opening his store a man entered and held him up at gunpoint and demanded money. She said she complied and her husband, who was upstairs, heard the commotion. He came downstairs with his licensed firearm and fired several shot at the perpetrator who fled the scene. But the police were nearby and when they heard the gunshots they pursued the gunman as he ran out the back of the store.

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