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Thursday, 17 November 2011 00:00

Hilberto Hernandez, 28, who pleaded guilty to killing former councilor and teacher, Javier Castillo, 59, was sentence to 10 years on Monday November 14th.


Corozal resident Hilberto Hernandez, who is originally from San Narciso Village, was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for the October 2009 brutal murder of Corozal Teacher, Javier Castillo. On Wednesday, November 9th, Hernandez pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. He reappeared in court on Monday and was imposeda ten year jail term which was handed down by Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh in the Corozal session of the Supreme Court.

During mitigation, Hernandez called no character witnesses on his behalf, however, his attorney, Lionel Welch spoke well of him and asked the court to temper justice with mercy on his client taking into consideration that his client pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and that he has no previous convictions. Justice Hanomansingh then sentenced him to ten years effective Wednesday, November 9 when he first pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

Hernandez changed his plea of not to guilty at the conclusion of a voidaire which was held to determine the admissibility of two caution statements he gave to police where he confessed to the crime.   At the end of that voidaire, Justice Hanomansingh ruled that both of Hernandez’s caution statements were admissible.

Sometime between October 2nd and 3rd, 2009, that Castillo met his untimely death.  The doctor, who conducted the post-mortem, certified that Castillo died on October 2nd but that it was not until the following day, that his brother stumbled upon his lifeless body inside a room of his house.  He had been stabbed twice to the abdomen.  He had also been strangled with a cord, which was found around his neck. Police had said in 2009 that they knew the motive of Castillo’s murder ruling out robbery as the motive. They however never revealed what the motive of the killing was saying that it was something that would offend the family. The doctor certified that Castillo died from strangulation and not from his stab wounds.   Prior to his death, reports were that Hernandez was inside the teacher’s home where they were heard arguing. In his caution statement, police say Hernandez admitted to committing the crime.