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Female Coast Guard chokes colleague Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Maribel Manzanero, 27-year-old employee at the Belize Coast Guard, was placed on interdiction in January 2016 when she attacked and choked another female coast guard over an old issue between them. She was found guilty on Friday, May 12, 2017 and remanded to the Belize Central Prison. On May 16, 2017 she was released with two court fines.

On January 18, 2016, Manzanero was charged with harming her colleague, Suseli Valdez, after a heated confrontation which turned violent in their bunk area. Prosecution allegations are that Manzanero attacked and choked Valdez which caused scratches to Valdez. In court, where Manzanero was represented by attorney Ivy Pitts, she told Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith that Valdez choked herself and caused the scratches on her own body.

Valdez testified in court that she went into the room that she and Manzanero shared and went to use the bathroom. It was at this point that Manzanero confronted her and became aggressive. She tried to walk away and Manzanero locked her in the bathroom. After letting her out, Manzanero choked and slapped her. She screamed for help but to no avail.

The attorney called a character witness on Manzanero’s behalf. Sochyl Sosa, Manzanero’s best friend who was provided with a translator, she told the court that she and Manzanero have been best friends for over six years and that she knows Manzanero as a hard working woman that cares for her mother who is a senior citizen. Attorney Pitts asked the court to impose a fine and not to send Manzanero to jail. She was fined $200 plus the $5 cost of court along with a $200 compensation to the victim. She has until May 26, 2017 to pay the fine in default of 2 months in prison.