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Feb 24, 2011

Three times and she’s out; Corozal woman acquitted of the murder of her brother

Tiffara Smith

A Corozal woman who had been tried three times for the murder of her brother was acquitted today. Twenty-two year old Tiffara Smith was only seventeen when she allegedly stabbed her older brother during a dispute about a pack of Ramen noodles and ten dollars. The case depended on a 2007caution statement given to Police Constable Elizabeth Thompson, in which Smith allegedly confessed to the murder. But Thompson is out of the country and for the statement to be entered as evidence; her mother would have been required to appear in court to explain that her daughter is not in Belize and is therefore unable to testify. But Senior Crown Council for the DPP’s office, Cecil Ramirez, was unable to arrange that testimony and Smith’s attorney, Simeon Sampson, made a No-Case submission. Justice Denis Hanomansingh upheld the submission and directed the jury of twelve to acquit Smith of Murder.

The stabbing occurred on April twenty-fourth 2007 when Smith and nineteen year old Dale Lino were at their house on Second Street in Corozal Town. The siblings got into an argument because Smith accused Lino of stealing a pack of noodles and ten dollars from her room. During her first trial in 2008, Smith claimed that she asked Lino about the stolen money and he laughed at her, causing her to lose her temper and stab him. That case thrown out because Smith had fallen ill and a retrial was ordered. In the second case in 2009, Smith gave a conflicting recount of the incident, claiming that it was in self defense because Lino choked her after she confronted him. She was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but she successfully appealed that decision and was granted a second retrial, which ended today with an acquittal.

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8 Responses for “Three times and she’s out; Corozal woman acquitted of the murder of her brother”

  1. PRINCE MICHAELS says:

    Dude is this a $$&*#*+G joke or what! I mean seriously! You will let this lady get off this easy after murdering her own brother? Don’t you guys record your testimonies or statements? Have you guys heard of a pen and a damn piece of paper? Apparently not! This woman killed her own bother ok people, for a damn pack of noodle soup? I mean gimmie a break gorilla she need to be put in jail. Our justice system can’t seem to convict even the most dumbest criminal!

  2. Jan says:

    Bravo what only in Belize. What kind of justice system we have ?

  3. RG Belizean says:

    Seriously BELIZE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS !**K UP…They actually tried this gyal 3 different times to finally let her go. WAKE UP BELIZE!

  4. B grovy says:

    Witness witness witness they sure know how to forget , frighten or go missing. Can it get any worse???

  5. realvibez@yahoo.com says:

    Belize is seriously !@@ked at this point!! We NEED A REVOLUTION!!! Do u really believe all of this bs messages have ANY effect on the bigger heads? we need to cease all their assets, lock them up and trow away the key and get rid of all foreigners trying to rape our country. Start fresh, fresh faces fresh ideas get more youths involved in the decision making of our country. OBVIOUSLY these two political parties is not working therefore why make the mistake of getting rid of one and empowering the other to do the same $#!%. Fool me once shame on u but if u fool me twice shame on me! Belize we have been fooled repetitively by both of these parties. Are we gonna allow this to happen again? WAT A SHAME!! WE TAKE EVERYTHING LYING DOWN!!!!

  6. Earl Grey says:

    JUSTICE WILL NOT BE DENIED……………EVER………..the forces of the Universe will balance things out.

  7. flor says:

    who are u all to judge?

  8. eightoften says:

    Instead of releasing her into the streets, please get her the psychiatric attention she needs.

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