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Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Maritza HernandezA Honduran Domestic who has a temporary permit to remain in Belize until October 19 was arraigned in Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, October 1, after she was accused of stealing items from her room-mate. 21-year-old Maritza Hernandez, a resident of Belize City appeared before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith where she was read three criminal offenses, theft, handing stolen goods and damage to property.

She was additionally charged with one count of handling stolen goods as well as damage to property for allegedly causing damage to a Sony Flat screen television valued at $2,000.

In court, when Hernandez status was questioned, she told the court that she has a passport with a temporary visa to remain in the country until October 19. The prosecutor objected to bail since Hernandez poses a flight risk due to her temporary status and the Chief Magistrate agreed and remanded her into custody at the Belize Central Prison until November 21. That’s also the date set for an expeditious trial in Hernandez’s case since she does not live in Belize.

Allegations being made against Hernandez are that on Saturday, September 28, she stole a black in color Samsung Galaxy cellphone value $600, the property of Suyapa Barahona, her roommate. Barahona reported to police that at around 4:00 p.m., that day, Hernandez arrived at her room and because her items had been packed she got a knife from the kitchen and caused damage to her television. When Suyapa made checks for her other items, she realized that her cellphone was missing.