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Internal gang rivalry leaves 19-year-old hospitalized Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Raheem Chambers, the 19-year-old who was shot on July 11, remains hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. following the shooting on La Croix Boulevard in Belize City.  The shooting incident is believed to be gang-related. The police have said that it is the result of an internal dispute within one of the gangs operating in the area.

Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division, says that just after 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019, police proceeded to the hospital where they met the injured Chambers. It is understood that he was walking on M&M Street in the area when he was approached and shot at. He suffered numerous gunshot injuries to the body and remains in a critical but stable condition.

 
Man fined for crack cocaine he uses for pain Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

A man who was busted with nearly fifteen grams of crack cocaine was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. Mario Trotman, an assistant manager of San Pedro, appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson on Friday, July 12, 2019 and pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. He told the magistrate that he had no intention of trafficking the drugs and that he only uses it for his knee and back pain. He had a previous conviction of trafficking drugs and despite that conviction, the magistrate told him that he would only need to pay a fine. He was fined $1,500 plus a $5 cost of court and was ordered to pay his fine by January 2020 in default, one year imprisonment.

The drugs were found in Trotman’s refrigerator during a search conducted by San Pedro police on July 11, 2019.

 
Nigerian taximan killed on Seashore drive Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Police are investigating the killing of 52 year old Nigerian Taxi driver Albert Emmanuel A. Ampomah who was killed while driving on Seashore Drive in Belize City. Reports are that sometime around 8:05 on Tuesday night, Ampomah was driving his vehicle, a grey Toyota 4 runner with taxi license plates along with two occupants when it suddenly ran off the road into a drain and crashed into a lamp post.

Immediately two men were seen jumping out of the vehicle and running away from the scene. Police were able to retrieve a school bag from inside the vehicle which contained some identification cards that do not belong to the victim. An 8 inch black handle knife was found in the driver’s seat as well.

 
Patrick Reyes eligible for parole after 40 years Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

After months awaiting a proper sentence, Patrick Reyes was finally sentenced on Friday, July 12, 2019. The 59-year-old accused of a double murder which happened in April 1997 was sentenced to life with possibility of parole after serving forty-years behind bars. Luckily for Reyes, he has already spent twenty-two years behind bars and as such, will only have to spend another eighteen before possibility of parole. The sentence was handed down by Chief Justice Kenneth A. Benjamin before Reyes’ attorney Iliana Swift.

Reyes was convicted of the double murder of husband and wife, Wayne and Evelyn Garbutt. Allegations are that Wayne Garbutt had asked permission to use a strip of land in order to gain access to his land, and Reyes had an issue with that. On the day of the murder, Reyes left home but not before telling his son that if the Garbutts started to build on the land to call him. Reyes allegedly returned home from where he retrieved a shot gun and fired shots, injuring an employee of the Garbutts. He then turned to Wayne and shot him before shooting Evelyn. Wayne Garbutt died on the spot while his wife was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to her injuries that same day.

Reyes was charged with the double murder and upon trial, he was convicted and sentenced to death. That death row was later substituted with life imprisonment.

 
Pleads guilty for killing security guard with piece of board Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

In November of 2013 an argument between a security guard and a man ended fatally when the security guard was hit repeatedly to the head and he died days later. The man accused of committing the killing, Kevin Jex, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. That guilty plea was accepted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 before Justice Marilyn Williams in the Supreme Court and his attorney Leeroy Banner. Sentencing has been deferred until September 30, 2019 when the case’s mitigation plea will be heard as the court awaits a social inquiry report and a prison report.

On the evening of November 5, 2013, an argument ensued between 49-year-old Desmond Miller who had been instructed to disallow Kevin Jex from hustling for tourists outside of the San Pedro Belize Water Express Taxi gate. Jex allegedly left when Miller threatened to use his baton on him and he returned with a 4x4 board he had picked up across the street. Miller was speaking to someone when Jex ran up to him and hit him in the back of his head and continued hitting him until someone told him that it was enough. Jex said that he was in fear for his life.

 


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