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Jun 1, 2011

Nolle prosequi; accused freed of murder charge

Roy Bennett

A murder trial ended before it could start this morning when Prosecutor for the DPP’s office, Keisha Williams, discontinued a case against a well known criminal figure. You’re probably guessing that it was another case of a missing witness… and you’re right.  Williams said that their office as well as the Police Department made numerous attempts to locate the main witness, but were unsuccessful. The withdrawal, according to Williams, is similar to a nolle prosequi and given the circumstances, she told Justice Adolph Lucas that unless he grants another adjournment, she simply could not continue the case against accused murderer, Roy Bennett. And just like that, after three years behind bars, Bennett was freed. The charge against him was in relation to a shooting on February ninth, 2008 that claimed the life of seventeen year old Michelle Cattouse. The high school student was walking along with three men and another woman at around one-thirty a.m. when a man exited a Toyota Camry car and opened fire on the group near Belcan Bridge. Cattouse was shot five times, but it was a bullet to the chest that caused her death. The four others were also injured, but survived and it is believed that one of Cattouse’s male friends was the intended target.

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9 Responses for “Nolle prosequi; accused freed of murder charge”

  1. RasTa says:

    free up d gill st …… dem…3 out in 1 week…lol

  2. rod says:

    this is never ending when will you all get fed up of this and oust this useless pm and gov. they are worthless worse gov. in the history of belize out with barrow

  3. tim says:

    “it is believed that one of Cattouse’s male friends was the intended target.” RUN DUDE CAUSE THIS GUY WILL BE AFTER YOU… AND HE WILL BE FREED OF THAT CHARGE AGAIN!

  4. Storm says:

    We need to shake up the law enforcement system from TOP to bottom. If we need to bring in outsiders to help us, free from the taint of criminal corruption, then let’s do that.

    And when we put the wheels back on the law enforcement wagon, let’s SWIFTLY hang ALL convicted murderers.

    Who would like to place a bet on how soon Roy Bennett kills again?

  5. Justice says:

    Now that he is free wuld someone please do society a justice and reciprocate his action. Only this time let this useless thug be the victim!

  6. trudibel says:

    check out the pic. da bredda look tusty fu blood. Storm, my money is on 4 months tops.

  7. Elgin Martinez says:

    Who the intended target was is irrelevant to the fact that this no brainer took someone else’s life.Why spend tax dollars on these cases when everyone knows that there isn’t going to be any conviction?What is the present conviction rate 2%,What a F joke.

  8. BZNinCALI says:

    @ Justice, the streets have consistently shown that it will do what the courts cannot, convict & carry out the death penalty. What happened to the film footage the Police claimed they had of this incident? That was a witness who could not be intimidated. This cat has already used up most of his nine lives, he’s not Fitty cent, he stood a greater chance of growing old if he stayed in jail. The sad reality is that there is a dead young woman who will never be a mother, whose family & his maintained close ties for generations until the madness that has become our reality took over. We have a witness who will always be fearful & a community now bracing for another round of bloodshed & we can only hope that innocent people don’t die in the crossfire.

    @Storm, last year when the word came down that the US was sending attorneys to help train ours, many people complained, we need all the help we can get,

  9. Hearts says:

    this things are so no right why the DPP no go back go study she no business there alway free murders…You full ah $#!%…..

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