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Aug 13, 2015

Belize City Man Fined for Fisheries Conviction

Jorge Zetina

A George Street fisherman is out of pocket tonight after the Magistrate’s Court slapped him with three separate fines. Nine months ago, thirty-eight-year-old Jorge Zetina was found with fourteen undersized lobster tails, sixty-six undersized conch and two soft-shelled lobsters, offences under the Fisheries Act. He would have been charged back then, but he never showed up for court. Today, fisheries officials caught up with him, though, and he was escorted before Magistrate Deborah Rogers and read charges for each offence. Zetina pleaded guilty to the offences. The Magistrate imposed a non-custodial sentence, but Zetina must pay the court two thousand, one hundred and fifty-five dollars by the end of September, or he will serve two weeks in jail.

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