Two charged jointly with robbery, handling stolen goods and wounding Print
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Thursday, 13 October 2011 00:00

Stephen FlowersA man and a minor were jointly arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before the newly appointed Chief Magistrate on a charge of robbery and handling stolen goods as well as wounding after they were accused of robbing Justin Castillo.

The culprits have been identified as 19-year-old Stephen Flowers, a resident of Pinks Alley address in Belize City along with a 17-year-old minor of Belize City.

The duo was separately charged with another criminal offense as Flowers was charged with one count of handling stolen goods while the minor was charged with one count of wounding.

When the duo appeared in Court #1 before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie-Smith, only the minor was legally represented.

Flowers initially pleaded not guilty to robbery, but guilty to handling stolen goods. He told the court that he had the bicycle which belonged to Castillo because he had borrowed it.

  He later changed his plea for the handling to not guilty after he had a moment to think about what he had just pleaded guilty to.

The minor who was charged jointly with Flowers for robbery pleaded not guilty to that charge and also not guilty to wounding Castillo.

In court the minor was represented by Attorney Darrell Bradley.

Since the matter is alleged to have been committed with the use of a firearm, the minor was remanded into custody at the Princess Youth Hostel while Flowers was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison.
Both the minor and Flowers are due back in Court #1 on November 11th.

They are accused of robbing Castillo at gunpoint and stealing his $200 bicycle.