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Man in Belize City Pleads Guilt For Killing 2 People, His Own Child By Crashing a Backhoe Into a House

Former Belize City Council employee
Former Belize City Council employee pleaded guilty to killing his own child. (Photo: ABC)

Samuel August, a former Belize City Council employee, pleaded guilty to killing two people including his own child that happened in 2018.

Former Belize City Council employee

Former Belize City Council employee pleaded guilty to killing his own child. (Photo: ABC)

Former Belize City Council Employee Pleaded Guilty

Samuel August, a former Belize City Council employee, pleaded guilty to killing his 5-year-old son and the child’s grandmother after he crashed a backhoe into a house where the victims lived. On Tuesday, he appeared in the Supreme Court before Justice Susan Lamb.

He is facing two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. According to a published report in Breaking Belize News, Justice Lamb decided to defer the sentencing on January 2023 and set December 14 for mitigation pleas. During that day, attorney Orson Elrington and another witness will testify of August’s character.

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How Did the Killing Start?

Following the passing of his children’s mother, August had already lost a custody battle to his son. In response to the loss and the knowledge that he would have to pay for child maintenance, he reportedly started saying goodbye to the people he cared about in advance of the incident.

It was found during the investigation, the day before the incident, August allegedly confessed to his then-girlfriend and told his son that he would be moving away and did not know whether he would run across him again.

August was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment for the injuries he sustained after he crashed the backhoe into the house. He was able to manage to escape and stole a vehicle from the hospital. But, his escape was cut short when his stolen vehicle crashed into a backhoe.

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