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Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:00

Abel Arana and Akeem BowenPolice have arrested and charged Abel Arana, 22 and Akeem Bowen, 22 for the shooting of Lloyd Elijio, a resident of the Saint Martin’s de Porres area who was one of four persons shot in a two hour span during a spate of shooting in the Saint Martin’s de Pores area on August 24th.

Abel Arana, 22, a resident of #3195 Central American Boulevard appeared in Magistrate’s court on Monday September 19th where he was charged with one count of attempted murder and dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm upon Lloyd Elijio. He appeared before Magistrate Dorothy Flowers in Court #6 where he was unrepresented.

No plea was taken as the matters are indictable offenses and he was told that at a given time, there will be a Preliminary Inquiry and if there is sufficient evidence then the matter will be committed to the Supreme Court for trial and that’s where a plea will be taken from him.

Due to the nature of the offenses, bail could not be offered to Arana and he was further remanded to the Belize Central Prison until October 28.

On Tuesday September 20th Bowen appeared in Court #6 before Magistrate Dorothy Flowers where he was read a single charge of abetment to murder. The charge read that on August 24th, he purposely aided in the commission of a murder on Marigold Lane in Belize City.

Magistrate Flowers before reading the charge to Bowen told him that no plea will be taken as the matter is one that can only be tried in the Supreme Court and that no bail can be granted to him at this time and that he can apply for bail through the Supreme Court. Bowen was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance set for October 28th.

On Wednesday, August 24th, Lloyd Elijio was shot whilst riding his bicycle on Marigold Lane in the Saint Martin’s area of Belize City.  He was shot eight times to the abdomen, chest and leg whist on West Street.

His shooting came several hours after Troy Bowen had been shot. Bowen later died from his injuries.  Shot during that same period and in that general vicinity was couple, 37-year-old Tour guide,  Mark Cherrington and his common law-wife, Jenene Parham who were inside their home near the river in the Gungulung area of St. Martin’s de Pores.

Elijio who was hospitalized has since been released from the KHMH and is recovering at home.