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Apr 7, 2011

Trial of men who murdered four persons underway

At news time tonight a jury is in deliberation over one of the most violent killing sprees the country has seen. It’s the murder trial against Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau and it dates back to June eighteenth 2002, when security guards, Fidel Mai and Kevin Alvarez, were shot to death during a robbery at Bowen and Bowen Limited. As they made their escape, the culprits also opened fire on David Flores and Cherry Tucker, who were in a vehicle nearby. The case summed up today in a seven hour session in which Pipersburgh and Robateau were acquitted on two counts of Murder for the deaths of Flores and Tucker. While it is believed that they were killed because the gunmen wanted their vehicle, there was no evidence to pin either of the men to those shootings. That leaves them with the murder charges for Mai and Alvarez and the jurors went into deliberation room shortly after five o’clock this evening. That means that a verdict is not expected until at least nine o’clock tonight because the jury is required to spend a minimum of four hours in the chambers before delivering a verdict for murder. Both men gave statements from the dock; Pipersburgh placed himself at the scene and admitted that he was involved in the robbery, but said he left before the shooting occurred. Robateau, on the other hand, flatly denied all allegations and told the court that all twenty-one prosecution witnesses were telling lies.

The case has taken several turns since Pipersburgh and Robateau were detained in Mexico and were found guilty of the quadruple murder in 2004. That conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeal, but the accused men took their plight all the way to London before the Privy Council where the decision was reversed. Judicial Committee found that trial Judge Troadio Gonzalez erred in law and did not properly advise the jury on the Police Department’s failure to hold an identification parade before levying charges. The Privy Council handed the case back to the Court of Appeal where the retrial was ordered. Robateau and Pipersburgh are represented by Oswald Twist and Michael Peyrefitte respectively.

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13 Responses for “Trial of men who murdered four persons underway”

  1. rod says:

    lol dats why we should do away with this jury thing fi real. does the jury think that some one else killed David Flores and Cherry Tucker? my God!!! Our Belizean jurors have a way of looking at things which does not seem Belizean at all. I know my people nuh sso fool fi cant’t add 1 and 1 togeather and come up with a correct answer. Mr Barrow betta scrap this jury thing sooner or later. If he does that it will definitely be some thing which red and blue supporters will give him credit for.

  2. Ben says:

    I have come up with a new theory. I think that 7/10 when jurors acquit it is because the jurors are just anti establishment and they say not guilty because they are anti-police, anti establishment and pro street life. I think that 2/10 when there is an acquital it is becuase of fear or witness intimidation. i then think 1/10 times there is an acquital it is because the accused is actually not guilty. Wise up jurors please because the fate of justice is in your hands. Be honest and say guilty for a change. (no pun intended in the last sentence)

  3. rod says:

    hang them hang them all……..

  4. Earl Grey says:

    More for the PRISON FARM……………there THEY CAN EARN THEIR KEEP and CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY……at NO COST TO TAX-PAYERS.

    THEY CAN GROW FOOD, THEY CAN BUILD THINGS OF WOOD, THEY CAN CLEAN THE SHOULDERS OF THE HIGHWAYS they can be VERY PRODUCTIVE on the PRISON FARM.

    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HARD LABOUR???????????
    ………have them AT LEAST break rocks……..OR SOMETHING.

  5. BDF soldier says:

    Why consult london on matters of justice for belizeans?like if london give a $#!% about belizeans,hahahah
    corrupted belizean system.

  6. Sandra Kolly says:

    I would say sometimes we do make mistake when the devil is busy, well we all know when we have children we should always expect the unexpected, one of the accuse is a real good friend of mine but, its up to justice to decide an i hope they both get a fair judgement, the police were so careless that these men could have gotten off free for its the police weapon that killed the two in the car an its the security own bullet killed both of them in the exchange of fire so thats not a case an the law knows but its all about faith ok bredren’s, keep faith an peace in ur hearts an no matter what just live a righteous life after all of this is done. take care leslie. JAH GUIDE!!!!!

  7. BZNinCALI says:

    And we wonder why crime is out of control & some of us are willing to look the other way when mercenaries take these MFs out.

  8. cry in the wilderness says:

    @#$k the Privy Council we all know these men are guilty, while these racist white club drink sherry and talk about the weekends foxhunt and go on Sundays to the Church of Engalnd, we will all kill each other… then they will move back in.. wake up my people.

  9. cg says:

    Since 2002 and we are still payming mind to these morons….so what were they doing in Mexico, vacationing? oy…..where did they even get the money to take it all the way to London???

  10. Disgusted! says:

    H.A.N.G. T.H.E.M. B.Y. T.H.E. N.E.C.K. U.N.T.I.L. D.E.A.D. I HOPE THE FAMILY OF THE DECEASED VICTIMS AMBUSH THE PRISON BUS AT THEIR SENTENCING AND DEAL WITH THE MATTER VIGILANTE STYLE. CASE CLOSED!!!!!!

  11. Nadine says:

    What a shame acquitted of Flores & Tucker murder ,Jurors have you no sense these murderous thugs ……………..go ahead find them not guilty again let them free the question is what innocent person will be murdered next ? someone wrote why were they trying to leave Belize………..SHAME SHAME SHAME since 2002 now 2011 ????????????????????

  12. Swamp Dragon says:

    Why consult London? Because London is in England! And England is a civilized country where people treat each other with respect.

  13. Gustav says:

    Hang ALL convicted murderers. No excuse, no mercy, no exception.

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