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Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:00

Marvin Nunez and Henry CornejoOn Tuesday, December 11th, 20-year-old Henry Cornejo appeared in Magistrate’ Court before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer where he was charged for the December 7th murder of Marvin Nunez.

Cornejo who was unrepresented, was read a single charge of murder for the shooting of 29-year-old Marvin Nunez. No plea was taken and he was remanded to the Hattieville prison until January of 2013.

Just as classes were about to resume for the afternoon session at Saint Ignatius school on Friday, December 7th, Marvin “Inches” Nunez had accompanied his wife and two step-children, ages 6 and 8, to the school. As Nunez’s wife walked into the compound with the children, he was approached by a gunman who opened fire on him. Nunez was hit three times to the head and once to the chest; he died whilst receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

The man accused of the killing is Henry Cornejo, a unemployed resident of #58 Plues Street. He is a known associate of the George Street area.

Cornejo was recently was acquitted on June 28th, 2012 of the murder of Gilbert Olivera ,which had occurred on Dean Street. He was accused of gunning Olivera, an epileptic patient who was a Crown witness to testify in a murder case which was about to be called up in the Supreme Court. Olivera was walking towards his home, when he was shot and killed.

Cornejo’s trial began but concluded in the jury being given a direction to acquit him when the main witness in the case could not be located. Cornejo’s attorney, Anthony Sylvester, had made a no case submission that there was no evidence linking his client to the murder and he was acquitted.

In 2011, Marvin Nunez was charged jointly with Keith Lewis for the attempted murder of Frank Fitzgerald Sinclaire, Jr., which occurred in the wee hours of Sunday morning, July 17 on McKay Boulevard in the St. Martin’s de Porres area of Belize City. That case was still before the court awaiting a Preliminary Inquiry to determine if there was sufficient evidence for the duo to be tried at the Supreme Court. Nunez and Lewis were both on bail for this crime.