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Dec 4, 2015

Couple Attacked, Wife Sexually Assaulted During Home Invasion in Burrell Boom

Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred on Thursday night in Burrell Boom, Belize District. The residence of the Honorary Counsel of Lebanon and businessman Sarkis Abou Nehra was broken into by a group of men who were seen circling the area earlier in the day. The thieves cut open a safe and lifted cash and jewelry as well as several firearms. The housekeeper was reportedly raped and her husband who also works at the residence was badly beaten; both had to be hospitalized. Abou Nehra and his wife are overseas and it is believed the robbers knew well the house layout. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

An armed home invasion overnight at the residence of Sarkis Abou Nehra, Honorary Consul to Lebanon, has left a couple hospitalized after being physically and sexually assaulted during the incident.  This sprawling compound in Burrell Boom Village, its owners away in their home country, was overtaken by as many as eight intruders who descended on the property sometime between eight o‘clock and three a.m.  The gang of thieves had reportedly parked their vehicle a short distance away and staked out the home.  According to the groundskeeper, the men then stormed the residence, held them up at gunpoint and proceeded to tie him up before thoroughly ransacking the place.  The estate which is adjacent to the home of attorney Denys Barrow was alive with activity throughout the course of the night as it was initially believed that his home was the intended target of the aggravated burglary.  During the housebreak, the caretaker’s wife was reportedly raped by the attackers.  He was also badly beaten prior to the culprits making off with an assortment of items, including firearms, cash and jewelry.  All told, a total of eleven thousand, five hundred dollars in various denominations and currencies was stolen from the premises, along with a pair of nine millimeter handguns, a twelve gauge shotgun, as well as a point twenty-two rifle.  The robbers then fled the scene in Abou Nehra’s silver Mercedes Benz.  That vehicle has since been recovered after being found abandoned on St. Joseph Street here in Belize City.  News Five also understands that an officer in the area where the incident took place initially approached the men while they were reportedly surveying the property.  While we cannot confirm that account, we were also told that their response to the officer’s query was that their vehicle had been experiencing mechanical problems.  At five o’clock this morning, Ladyville police were summoned to the scene of the home invasion where an official inquiry with the assistance of the Crimes Investigation Branch is underway.  It is believed that the intrusion may have been orchestrated by someone who is familiar with the lay of the land.

Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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1 Response for “Couple Attacked, Wife Sexually Assaulted During Home Invasion in Burrell Boom”

  1. moses says:

    I have been to the immigration a passport agency in Belmopan. In my case, I had to renew a passport. The process is tedious. I spent the better part of 3 days going back and forth. “yu need dis and dat, JP, teacher, stamp, copy…”. mein!! I would gladly have paid a middleman to stand in line to facilitate the process for me. During my time in line, I experienced the frustration and personal stories of others in line. It was like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. There were jokes, anger, laughing, crying and lessons of life of different people in the region. Belizean Americans, very demanding, used to the American way; I want my shit now. Mennonites with babies in tow patiently waiting. Orthodox looking suspiciously and judgmentally at break-away Mennonites. There were Salvadorenians, Guatemalans, Hondurans, each with their own story of their refugee status. Belizeans too, cussing that they should not have to wait in line with all dem effing Spanish. Heat and humidity did not help with such vast array of emotions from frustrated angry human beings. Tempers and bad word flew like missiles, instantaneous combustion. Yellow tickets with numbers, blue tickets with numbers, security guards bellowing numbers like bingo. Everyone praying and listening intently, above the chatter, for their number to be called. Then there were those who didn’t have to stand in line, sent by someone who knew someone. You could always spot them. They had no numbers and were always squeezed in. Belize wiull always be a hustlers haven from top to bottom.

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