Teenager Charged with Cayo Murder and Belize City Attempted Murder Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Joseph Vaccaro Jr, 19, is at the Belize Central Prison on remand after he was arraigned on charges of murder, attempted murder and dangerous harm in two different jurisdictions.

Vacarro was arrested over the weekend and on Monday, August 25, he was taken to the San Ignacio Magistrates Court where he was arraigned for the murder of Victor Vargas. On Saturday, August 16, 34-year-old Victor Vargas was stabbed twice in the neck. He was socializing and got into a fight, allegedly with Vaccaro, whom he had a previous misunderstanding with. Vaccaro allegedly stabbed him in the neck during the fight and Vargas ran down the road trying to get help. He eventually collapsed on the veranda of a neighbour’s house.

After he was arraigned in San Ignacio, Vaccaro was taken to Belize City where he was arrigned for attempted murder and dangerous harm. Sometime between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 16-year-old Christian Martinez was attacked at the corner of Lacroix Boulevard and Balam Street. Allegations are that three men exited a vehicle and viciously attacked Martinez. He was beaten and stabbed multiple times to the chest and back area. The attack is believed to have been motivated from a relationship between a relative of Martinez and a relative of one of the attackers. According to sources, Vaccaro’s family did not approve of the relationship. Joseph Vaccaro Sr. and Kenrick Crawford were previously charged for their part in the incident.

In Court on Monday, Vaccarro appeared unrepresented before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. He was read two indictable offenses of attempted murder and dangerous harm upon Christian Martinez. No plea was taken due to the nature of the offense. Vaccaro Jr. was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance for the matter on September 1.