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Aug 15, 2011

Murder at Fire Station and 17 year old murdered in Toledo

Charles Woodeye

In the southernmost reaches of the country a resident of Jalacte Village was fatally stabbed at the start of the weekend.  Details of the murder remain sketchy and News Five will have more information on the homicide as soon as it is made available by the Police Department.  Toledo, nonetheless, was not the only district affected with a fatality. The shootings in the Belize District had not claimed any life up to daybreak on Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon, however, a city resident was murdered at the Dolphin Street Fire Station, just around the corner from the Eastern Division Police Headquarters.  The murder victim, Charles Woodeye, has a history of court appearances. In the following report, News Five’s Andrea Polanco chronicles how this victim went from accused murderer to a citizen who recently filed a lawsuit against the government, a few weeks before his death.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Street figure, twenty four year old Charles Woodeye was killed just a stone’s throw away from his home on Dolphin Street. Around three Sunday afternoon, Woodeye was inside the Fire Station playing a game of dominoes around this table with three other men. According to a witness, the gunman passed in front of the station and returned shortly after. The lone shooter walked in and fired approximately three shots, hitting Woodeye in the chest. He was rushed to the hospital by one of his friends, who told us that Woodeye died on the way to the KHMH. Today, only two small dents on this parked fire truck is proof of Sunday’s incident.

On January thirteen of 2010, Woodeye was released from the Belize Central Prison where he had served a year for the murder of San Pedro tour guide, John Paul Saldivar. Woodeye, along with four other men were charged with the shooting death Saldivar, which occurred on January 2009 in the rocky point area of San Pedro. The men were release when the office of the DPP was unable to present evidence implicating them in the murder.

Karim Musa, Defense Attorney

“Myself along with Senior Counsel, Ellis Arnold, represented Charles Woodeye, Micah Thompson, Shelton August and Kyle Patnett. Michael Peyrefitte represented the fifth co-accused, Mister Eric Swan. What transpired this morning, the prosecutor, Mister John Sanchez, presented a directive from the DPP informing the court that the DPP had made a decision to withdraw all charges against all five accused men.”

Anita Nembhard, Freelance Court Reporter

“What does this mean for the five accused men or the four that you represented? Does it mean that since it was withdrawal that this murder charge can be brought back against these men?”

Karim Musa

Karim Musa

“Well of course, but the DPP and the police would need to have some evidence and throughout this case—this case has been going on for the past year and it’s been adjourned I’d say ten times and on each occasion the prosecution failed to present a single piece of evidence against any of the accused. So I don’t see how they could try to re-arrest these men. I have already advised them that they ought to take a constitutional case against the Police Department and by extension against the Government of Belize for wrongfully detaining them and in my opinion for maliciously prosecuting them over this year particularly because there is no evidence and they knew all along that there were no evidence against these men. So they ought not to have held them for an entire year and in my opinion amounts to nothing short of preventative detention.”

Over a year and half later, on July thirteenth, 2011, Woodeye, Shelton August and Micah Thompson, three of the five men imprisoned for the murder of Saldivar, were in court suing the Attorney General’s Office for wrongful imprisonment. Woodeye testified that the murder charge cost him his job.  He provided evidence in the form of pay slips to the court to show he was gainfully employed at the time of his arrest. The matter was adjourned until September first when closing arguments will be heard before Justice Minnet Hafiz.

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

This is the second crime, to be committed with a gun, to take place within the fire station in less than six months. Back in May of this year, Evan Martinez, was inside the office when a gunman with a mask walked in and a struggle ensued. During the process the gun went off and a bullet caught, Kendis Longsworth in the shoulder. Longsworth, along with two other employees, were asleep at the time inside the bunkroom.

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10 Responses for “Murder at Fire Station and 17 year old murdered in Toledo”

  1. Rod says:

    Karma karma.

  2. Sugar says:

    when he came to OW, they were warned to get out of Dodge but PM insisted that they shud stay and start a gang in OW. One down and KARMA looking for the rest

  3. Jules says:

    Charles ur presence will be greatly missed. It’s like just yesterday I told you be a good father to ur child and take care of yourself. I will miss your smile, your comedic personality and the love u just surround ur friends with.
    My condolences to your mom ur family . Your girlfriend and ur child who will only know you through stories told. Though ur friends and loved ones prefer you here walking earth with us we must bid you farewell and wish u a safe journey and say we will meet again someday. Much love friend.

  4. Justice says:

    These so called “gangsters” keep thinking that the life they lived before will vanish when they turn their lives around. Well get back to reality! People don’t forget what you did to them, and karma will come back for you. Whether it is tomorrow or 10 yrs from now. Likewise, Karma will come for your two friends too.

  5. Earl Grey says:

    STREET JUSTICE…………..IT NEVER FAILS!!!!

  6. GAZA says:

    Some people are illiterate, everything happens for a reason, i hope that all those ignorant @$$!@#$ above with their wise comments realize that the world is round and the same can happen to you or your family. I guess “Justice” is jealous, probably upset cause they can’t be apart of the lawsuit, obviously since you are talking about his other two friends. You make me wonder if money is your issue. Grow up life is short and you may turn out just like Charles.

    R.I.P Charles you were a loving, sweet and caring son, brother, father and friend… everyone that knows you would say the same… God knows best and you are in a better place watching over your daughter who is left behind…We Love you and will miss you darely…PEACE BRO

  7. Family says:

    Obviously justice no kno nuttin bout justice one day your family will feel the pain you the talk bout karma she will be right at your door knocking for leaving stupid comments

  8. Tans says:

    Charles ..we will surely miss you …everyone who knew you can attest to me saying there was never a dull moment being around you…we shared so many happy memories and those will continue to live on until we meet again…I know you will watch over your baby girl and guide her while she grows …my condolences to your Family and your Girl Friend and your friends who considered you to be FAMILY…I pray that they have the strength to deal with the emotions they will be faced with as they lay you to rest… RIP xoxo

  9. GAZA 4 LIF says:

    RiP Charles..next TRUE soldier GONE but not FORGOTTEN..we all have our own judgement to face but noone knows how he/she is going to leave this LIFE!!NO human is PERFECT so u people who comment is not possitive..keep it to urself!”don’t wait fi di man dead fi tell ah bout imself”all u people do iz be COMPUTER THUGS,why wasn’t when he was alive,u didn’t tell charles bout himself?stop unnu nonsense and give his family closure..Bless up Knox..i know u taking it hard right now in jail but better dayz to come

  10. SW@GVILLE says:

    R.I.P Family ….That is just the way it is in Belize right now.What we do always comes back at us bro,that is just the way of life.Just some advice for you good people…Never let your guards down,always notice what is happening around you and don’t play blind. If you notice something out of the ordinary take caution and don’t ignore it because your life may be at risk.God Please Bless Belize and save us from the sins that we are commiting.It might not be us as an individual but as a country.We are all feeling the wave of evil in the city and we need you to guide us into the right path.

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