Charged for Murder on San Pedro Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 January 2013 00:00

ByronEdward Barahona, 33, a laborer of the San Isidro area of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, appeared in Magistrate's Court on Tuesday January 29th where he was formally arraigned on charges of murder. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith where he was read a single charge for the killing of 25-year-old Byron Estrada a resident of San Pedro. Since murder is an indictable offense, no plea was taken and Barahona was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until March 21st, 2013. He was told that his next court appearance will be in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court. He had to be brought into Belize City because of the unavailability of a magistrate on the island on Tuesday.

 Byron Estrada, was attacked whilst inside the bathroom of Daddy Rock Night club, on San Pedro Ambergris Caye on Saturday, January 26th, 2013. According to police, they received information of a stabbing incident at the night club. When they responded they found Estrada, bleeding from his neck, chest and back. He received as many as 22 stab wounds. 

Police report that after he was attacked, Estrada managed to make it outside of the club's bathroom while the partying was still taking place in the establishment. He collapsed from his injuries when he reached the bar area of the club. He was later assisted by persons inside the bar who took him outside for assistance.

Estrada was rushed to the San Pedro Polyclinic where he succumbed to his injures at about 4:32 a.m.

Of note is that in February 2007, Barahona was convicted of the murder of 25-year-old David Vasquez, who had been killed in June of 2005. He appealed the conviction and his sentence was set aside by the Court of Appeals in June of 2007.

Also of note is that Byron Estrada's younger brother, 18- year-old Charlie Espat and his cousin 17-year-old Daniel Alamilla were found dead in Santa Martha Village in June 2012.  At the time they were believed to have been the victims of murder as a result of drug dealings. No one has been arrested for those murders.