Bert Vasquez in Court for Forcible Abduction Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 00:00

BertBert Vasquez, who was charged in June of last year in the killing of 13-year-old Jasmine Lowe in San Ignacio, appeared in the Supreme Court in Belize City where he is to face charges of forcible abduction.

The case of attempted abduction by Vasquez of a 16-year-old girl was called up before Justice Adolph Lucas where he was told that his next court date is set for March 21st, 2013. This date is also tentatively set for trial.

This case was committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court by Magistrate Hettie-Mae Stewart on Wednesday, February 22,nd 2012. Vasquez was initially granted bail in the sum of $5,000 but he was later charged with the murder of Jasmine Lowe. Since then he has been on remand at the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville.

A 16-year-old young lady had reported to police that Vasquez abducted her from the Pound Yard area on May 13st, 2011. The minor said that at about 8:05 p.m., on May 13th, she was standing at the bus stop near the Pound Yard Bridge area when she noticed a four door car with tinted windows stop in front of her and a tall light-skinned man approached her with a .38 revolver in his hand. According to the minor, the man placed the gun to her left side and told her to get into the vehicle. Fearing for her life, the minor said she complied with her attacker and that’s when Vasquez took her to the Vista Del Mar area of Ladyville where he assaulted her and beat her with the gun in her face causing injuries to her nose.

This is one of several cases Vasquez has pending trial at the Supreme Court. Included is a rape trial which is yet to be called up. That case involves an 18-year-old young woman who claimed he raped her back in 2011.