Guatemalan remanded for sexually assaulting 8 year old girl Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

A Guatemalan construction worker who has been living in Belize for over 20 years has been accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl. He is 30-year-old Jorge Giovanni Garcia of Belize City.

Garcia appeared unrepresented in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser for arraignment on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 where he was read a single charge of sexual assault. He pled not guilty to the charge but the Magistrate had several reservations and concerns. The first was regarding his status in Belize. Garcia claims that he has been living in Belize since he was 10 and never got documented by his parents.

The allegations against him are that on October 15, 2017, the minor visited a home where she met Garcia. She said that while watching the television, he called her into a room where he caressed her breasts and buttocks. He then touched her private part.

In a police report made in the presence of her mother, the child claimed that it was not the first time that Garcia has done something like that but that she was afraid to tell her mother.

He was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until December 18, 2017 without bail.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:38
Two dead in separate road traffic accidents Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

On October 11, 2017 at around 2:30 p.m., police officers responded to a fatal traffic accident between miles 32 and 33 on the Southern Highway. There they saw a lifeless body with head and body injuries lying on the side of the road. The body was that of 32-year-old Sebastian Cucul, a laborer of San Isidoro Village. Cucul’s body was taken to the Dangriga morgue.

Investigations revealed that Cucul was riding his Skygo motorcycle towards Georgetown Village when he collided into the left side of a trailer truck which was travelling in the opposite direction. That truck was being driven by 33-year-old Hector Amilcar Melara of Hopkins. Melara has since been served an NIP as investigations continue.

Three days later on October 14, 2017, police visited mile 35 on the George Price Highway where the motionless body of Elroy Jones was seen under an 18-wheeleer towhead truck which was being used to clean up for the “Walk for a Green Belize” program. Attached to the truck was a cargo trailer and they were partially parked off the road facing Belmopan City.

Initial investigation revealed that the truck was being driven by 19-year-old Cornelius Schmitt of Spanish Lookout. Schmitt was driving the truck while Jones and other workers picked up bagged garbage. Jones fell from the truck and ended up under the wheel of the truck which crushed him.

Jones was taken to the Western Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:00 p.m. Schmitt has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution while investigations continue regarding the matter.


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