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Jun 12, 2018

Court of Appeal Considers Abetment Re-Trial for Aracely Cahueque

Aracely Cahueque

She was not in court today, but twenty-three-year-old Aracely Cahueque could find herself back in front of a Belizean court, if the Court of Appeal finds that she must face another trial for abetment to murder. Cahueque was the alleged mastermind behind the evil plot to behead the nineteen-year-old Raylene Dyer and abduct her newborn daughter.  In October of 2010, Cahueque, along with Roaring Creek construction workers twenty-one-year-old Darren Banner, twenty-year-old Jason Anderson and twenty-four-year old U.B. student Brandon Budna were all arrested. Banner, Anderson and Budna were charged with the murder of nineteen-year-old Dyer, who was butchered and disposed of. The four were controversially acquitted in the Belmopan Supreme Court in March of 2014, after Richard “Dickie” Bradley successfully persuaded Judge Denis Hanomansingh to disallow a statement from Budna, who is legally blind, as evidence.  The Crown, represented by Shanice Lovell, contends this was a miscarriage of justice but Cahueque’s court-appointed attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, disagrees, as he explained following the conclusion of the case early this afternoon.

 

Anthony Sylvestre

Anthony Sylvestre, Representing Aracely Cahueque

“I was appointed by the court to represent Miss Cahueque who is not in the jurisdiction. The D.P.P. has brought an appeal against the acquittal. The contention of the D.P.P.’s office is that the trial judge erroneously excluded evidence, the main source of their evidence for Miss Cahueque’s trial. And so, they brought an application for leave, permission to appeal, and the court indicated just a while ago that it would reserve its decision. The argument was that that prohibited them from being able to properly put forward their case. And one of the things that has to be satisfied by the D.P.P., even if there is an error, that there was a miscarriage of justice, and their view is that there was a miscarriage of justice.”

 

Aaron Humes

“In terms of the specific nature of the statement, I think your argument is that even if – and you seem to concede that the judge made an error – it would not have affected the rest of the outcome of the case?”

 

Anthony Sylvestre

“Yes, that concession was made but I wouldn’t want to say anymore; the judgment has been reserved and we will just await the outcome.”

 

Cahueque, originally from Corozal, is presently studying in Costa Rica but was served the notice of appeal. Judgment has been reserved by the panel of President of the Court Manuel Sosa and Justices Lennox Campbell and Minnet Hafiz-Bertram.

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1 Response for “Court of Appeal Considers Abetment Re-Trial for Aracely Cahueque”

  1. Fungus says:

    Death penalty, time to purge belize

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