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Four Charged for Robbery/Murder in Sandhill Village Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

Jorge Blanco, Roger Middleton, Alton Bailey and Frank ElijioPolice have arrested and charged four men for their part in the robbery of three shipyard farmers and the murder of their employee.

On Friday, October 25th, Shipyard farmers John, Abraham and Gerhard Penner were returning home along with their truck driver, 57-year-old Jorge Blanco, when they were ambushed on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The robbery took place sometime around 12 noon. The cargo truck was passing the speed bump at mile 19 in Sandhill Village when a gunman approached and fired a shot at the driver. The bullet struck him under the left arm pit and the gunman opened the door. Blanco fell out of the truck and unto the road; he was already dead. The gunman and his accomplice, who held a knife in his hand, then instructed the Penners to hand over all the money they had or they too would be killed. John Penner handed over $9,600 in cash from the day’s sales and Gerhard Penner handed over $800 in cash. The men then escaped into a swampy area off the road. Police arrived on the scene at about 12:30 p.m. one 9 mm expended shell was retrieved from the scene and the body of Jorge Blanco was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m.

Police investigation led to the arrest and charge of 21-year-old Alton Bailey of #150 Antelope Street, 25-year-old Roger Concepcion Middleton of Baracat Street, Mile 8 resident Roger Hernandez, and Frank Elijio. Elijio was arrested on Saturday, October 26th, and charged with drug trafficking for 61 grams of marijuana, handling stolen goods and conspiracy to commit robbery. Bailey, Middleton and Hernandez were escorted to the Magistrate’s Court late Wednesday evening where they were jointly charged with the murder of Jorge Blanco and robbery of John Penner. No plea was taken since the matter will be dealt with on indictment and bail could not be granted due to the nature of the offense. 

Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, ordered that they be remanded to the Belize Central Prison until their next court appearance on December 16th.