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Jul 13, 2011

Acquitted of murdering John P. Saldivar; men sue Attorney General Ministry

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Not far away, in the Supreme Court, three of five men who were accused of the 2009 murder of John Paul Saldivar are suing the Attorney General’s office for wrongful imprisonment. Saldivar was shot several times in the Rocky Point area of San Pedro and his body was found in a shallow grave. Micah Thompson, Shelton August and Charles Woodeye were arrested for the murder, but freed in January 2010, after they spent almost a year in prison. The case against them did not proceed to trial because there was no evidence. Their lawsuit began this morning before Supreme Court Justice Minnet Hafiz; Attorney Agnes Gillett is representing the three men.

shelton tillett August

Thompson was the first to take the stand, saying that nothing illegal or incriminating was found on him and he didn’t know of Saldivar’s murder until days later.  August told the court that he was not even aware that he was a suspect in the murder until February thirteenth, 2009, fourteen days after he was arrested. Woodeye testified that the murder charge cost him his job and he provided copies of pay slips to prove that he was gainfully employed at the time of his arrest. Nigel Hawk, who represented the Attorney General’s Office, called a single witness, Police Officer Dennis Arnold, who confirmed that the men were picked up near the San Pedro Bridge about an hour after the fatal shooting.

micah thompson

But in cross examination, Arnold admitted that the men were arrested thirteen miles away from where Saldivar was killed.  The matter was adjourned for September first when closing arguments will be heard before Justice Hafiz. The judge will determine the amount of damages, if any, to be paid to three men. They were also initially suing for malicious prosecution, but that claim was abandoned. The other two persons who were charged for the murder are Eric Swan and Kyle Patnett; they were also freed in January, 2010.

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7 Responses for “Acquitted of murdering John P. Saldivar; men sue Attorney General Ministry”

  1. Justice says:

    hmm because they were acquitted, does that mean they are innocent?

  2. Eric says:

    This is total BS we the taxpaying public will have to pay these @$$holes for murdering our children and getting them hooked on the drugs that they sell. Belize has officially gone to $#$%. I hope someone puts a bullet in their heads over some old beef before they even get to collect my hard earn tax dollars. I think I will quit my 8 to 5 job and be low life criminal human garbage like these waste of spaces. At least then I will be able to evade the income tax department by making tax free money for poisoning children with the drugs that I sell, children that may have grown up become productive members of society. Take note people these scum have more value to the b$ “justice system” and the so called government than any of us who get up and work hard every day. I have officially lost what little respect I have for the police, DPP and the courts. I guess all I have learnt about being upstanding and honest from church and from people that I regard as decent was all a load of bull; being a low life scumbag is the way to go according to the system.

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Should the govenment impliment these draconian laws,can you imagine the amount of unlawful detention law suits that can be brought against the government.This then would be a win-win situation for the criminal elements.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    There isn’t even any point in going to court in Belize anymore.I don’t even think the conviction rate is at 1%.

  5. CLEANHEART says:

    THESE CRIMINALS KNOW HOW TO GET AWAY WITH CRIME, I AM SURE THEY ARE NOT INNOCENT, NOW THEY ARE TRYING TO GET EASY MONEY, WOW, ITS SO SAD WHAT IS HAPPENING THESE DAYS WITH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE,
    I WILL CONTINUE OBSERVE WHO WILL BE THE LAWYERS THAT WILL TAKE UP THEIR CASE.
    I KNOW IT MY PERSONAL VIEW, BUT I CAN NEVER SUPPORT THESE PEOPLE.
    I WONDER IF THEY CAN SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT? SEEMS THEY HAVE NO HEART , MUCH LESS A GUILTY ONE.

  6. rod says:

    these guys killed that boy zaldiver no douth but karma will get them soon they should all be hanging from a tree drug dealers now sueing the gov. goes to show you how incompetent this gov. and pm is pitiful pitiful.

  7. Disgusted! says:

    This is what you call adding insult to injury! These scums of the earth are the lowest form of human life possible and after wreaking havoc on the masses of Belizeans with their unrelenting murder and crime spree, evoking fear that no case against them ever holds up in court, paying the corrupted police to manipulate evidence against them and leaving a wake of terror and useless drug addicts on the streets of the country, they’re now gonna make a further mockery of the justice system by collecting tax payers money??? Belize is a pathetic disease among nations of the world…thank God I have given up my citizenship and moved far away from this cesspool. I would NEVER tell anyone I was born in this third world $#!%hole…what a disgrace!!!

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