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Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Kareem LopezOn Wednesday, July 17th, 26-year-old Kareem Lopez, appeared in Magistrate's Court to answer to charges of failure to report to police as a deportee and changing his residence without prior notification to the Commissioner of Police.

Lopez, who was deported from the United States of America in early January, appeared before Magistrate Clive Lino where he was read the two charges. Allegations are that between the periods of January 7, 2013 and July 12, 2013, Lopez having been deported from California, USA on January 7, 2013, was issued with a compliance letter which requires that he shall not change residence without prior notification to the Commissioner of Police and he failed to do so when he changed his address to the West Lake area.

In court, Lopez who was unrepresented pleaded not guilty to both charges. Magistrate Lino offered him bail in the sum of $3,000 plus one surety of the same amount. He is to reappear in court on August 15th.

Kareem Lopez is no stranger to police. He managed to beat the murder of Mark Gardiner, a Belize City resident who was gunned down several years ago in front of well-Marva’s Restaurant. Lopez beat the murder rap when one witness for the prosecution, the decease's brother, Richard Gardiner failed to show up in court to testify that his brother was indeed dead and that he was the one who witnessed the post-mortem.

With that, the judge ordered the jury to acquit Lopez of murder since one of the elements of murder had not been proven by the prosecutor in the trial.