Michael Joseph Silva reappears in San Ignacio Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

On Thursday, November 7th, Michael Joseph Silva was arraigned without much fanfare in at the San Ignacio Magistrate Court where he was formally charged with murder in relation to the killing of Maritza Santos which occurred on September 23, 2011. After appearing before a Magistrate, Silva was adjourned to January 23, 2014. Silva had been out of the country for two years following the killing of Santos.
Police had received information at about 7:10 on that date of September 23, 2011 at a concrete residence in the Kontiki Area of San Ignacio and upon arrival saw the body of a female later identified to be that of Maritza Santos in one of the bedrooms apparently dead with a cut wound to the forehead. Also found in the house was a quart of herbicide.

Michael Silva, a Belizean businessman was then taken to the Belize Healthcare Partners in Belize City in an attempt to neutralize the effects of having ingested poison after which he continued his treatment in Guatemala to prevent further damages to his internal organs.

At the time of her death Maritza Santos was only nineteen years old and had been a recent high school graduate.

Michael Silva is the son of Daniel Silva who served as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Cooperatives from 1998 to 2003 and who has political aspirations for the Cayo Central Area.