Guilty of terrorizing the Black Rock Lodge Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 August 2012 00:00

Guatemalan nationals, Marcos Javier Chiquin Molina, 49, and Geronimo Cortez Gonzales, 42, were found guilty on Thursday, August 2nd, for terrorizing the Black Rock Lodge.

The duo faced charges of  robbery, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit robbery and unlawful imprisonment of the employees at the resort including the owner, Julian Sherrard.

The verdict was handed down in the Magistrate’s Court and the men were sentenced to 5 years.

Both Molina and Gonzalez were found guilty of two counts of robbery upon Sherrard and a female for which they were imposed 5 years. Gonzalez alone was found guilty of aggravated assault upon Sherrard for which he was imposed one year.

Both were also found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery upon Sherrard and the female and were sentenced to five more years. The additional five years 5 years are to run concurrently with the 5 years imposed for the robbery, meaning they will only serve 5 years.

The duo was also found guilty of unlawful imprisonment of two people whom they had held as their hostages. They were both sentenced to 2 years each for these.

In June 2002, the two were arrested and charged with a number of robberies including  unlawful imprisonment, when a number of people from different businesses including Black Rock Lodge, Caesar’s Palace and areas of the Chiquibul had reportedly been robbed at gunpoint and held hostage.

During the trial, the two unrepresented men had entered a not guilty plea to all offences and had claimed that they were being innocently accused.

The men still have other robbery charges pending for other robberies which occurred in Cayo, where they are also accused of holding up businesses.

 The trial for the Black Rock Lodge had begun in July 2011, but due to difficulties to get the witnesses to court, the matter prolonged for a while and did  not conclude until Thursday.