Burglary victim forgives burglars Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

Rupert Courtney, Kevin Rodriguez and Tyron FritzgibbonOn Tuesday April 9th, three men were set free from a charge of burglary after the victim forgave them. 

The accused, 24-year-old Rupert Courtney Jr., a laborer with the Ministry of Works; along with 18-year old Kevin Rodriguez, a resident and Food Vendor of #8814 Jane Usher Boulevard as well as 22-year-old Ministry of Works employee, Tyrone Fitzgibbon, of #114 Jane Usher Boulevard appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano where they were charged for burglary and handling stolen goods. The men were accused of entering the home of Belize Bank employee, 40-year-old Francisco Martinez, an Office Assistant and resident of #8605 Swallow Street in Belize City. His home was burglarized on Sunday, April 7th, 2013. The thieves made off with $4,829.00 worth of household items including a 40 inch flat screen television valued at $2,700.

In court the victim appeared requesting no court action against the men. Martinez told Magistrate Dale Cayetano, “In life everybody makes mistakes.” With that, the charges were withdrawn against the men. The trio had all pleaded not guilty to the offenses.