Alleged burglar on remand after being unable to meet bail Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

A burglar, allegedly caught in the act, is on remand after he was unable to post bail when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. He is Luis Beaton, an 18-year-old unemployed resident of Jane Usher Boulevard in Belize City.

Beaton appeared unrepresented before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was read a single charge of burglary, a charge to which he pleaded not guilty.

The allegations against Beaton are that on Friday, March 9, 2018, he trespassed in the home of his neighbor, Sherine Westby, and stole 3 tablets and a school bag, all to a total of $455. Westby made a police report that as she was descending a city bus in front of her home, she saw a man, who was about 5 feet in height and who had braided hair, under her house. She knew the man by the name of Luis Beaton and was able to give the police a description of the man. According to Westby, she shouted at the man who then dropped the school bag and ran down the street.

When the police visited the scene of the burglary, Beaton was dressed in the same clothes that Westby described. He was detained and positively identified by Westby.

In court, there was no objection to bail and as a result, he was offered bail in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same, which he has been unable to meet. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until May 10, 2018.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:51
Accident at the Western Border Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

There was an unsightly accident on Friday morning in the cargo area of the Belize Western Border.  Police were called in to the area where they observed a Hispanic male lodged between the wheels of a Freight Liner Truck with a Belize license plate.

Marcus Fernando Zabaleto, a 38-year-old Guatemalan of Melchor de Mencos, had been dragged by the truck for a few hundred meters. Video footage taken by a Benque Viejo Taxi driver also showed the results of the accident, with the 18-wheeler having dragged the body across concrete.

Police investigations revealed that sometime before 11:00 a.m., Jose Guerra, a 53-year-old Guatemalan, drove his truck off the lot without realizing that his friend, Marcus Zabaleto, was underneath.

Employees from both the Police and Fire Department assisted on Friday to gather the remains of Marcus Zabaleto. His remains were transported to the San Ignacio Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the attending doctor.

Jose Guerra appeared in court on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 and was remanded until May 14, 2018.

At the Western Border, men can frequently been seen lying in hammocks underneath their long trucks after driving all night. Our check at the local hotels in Benque Viejo shows that the rates for a descent night’s rest are quite expensive, except for the Maya Hotel in Benque. For a shared bathroom, this centrally located hotel by the old market charges about $25.00 a night.


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