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Jun 12, 2012

Victim leaves country and attempted murder case falls apart

Tarique Cadle

Not Guilty; that’s the verdict that was announced by a jury of six women and three men in the Attempted Murder case against twenty-three year old Tarique Cadle. Cadle was accused of the August 2009 attempt on the life of fifty-two year old Guyanese national, Lyndon Jeffery. He was facing a possible prison term of eighteen years to life if convicted, but tonight Cadle is a free man. In trial, Jeffery, who was living in Belize up until May 2011, had returned to Guyana and was unable to appear in court to testify. Prosecutor Meagan Francis, nevertheless, was able to enter Jeffery’s testimony into evidence. But the not guilty verdict indicated that the jurors believed Cadle. According to reports, on August twenty-third of 2009, Jeffery was riding home on his bicycle when he was pursued by two men on separate bicycles.  Jeffery stated that Cadle pulled out a gun, fired several shots at him and caught him on the left upper arm. Special Constable Santos Carbajal, who witnessed the shooting, took the stand and testified that on the aforementioned day, he was at a Chinese Shop located at the intersection of Neal’s Pen Road and Kraal Road when he heard two gunshots. He says he was only a few feet away when he saw Cadle standing over Jeffery. Cadle, who was unrepresented, says that he was innocent of the charge and that Jeffrey was not even present in court to testify against him. Cadle says that the statement made by Jeffrey was bogus and so was the identification parade in which he was identified as the shooter. The other person was never arrested.

 

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6 Responses for “Victim leaves country and attempted murder case falls apart”

  1. Storm says:

    What is wrong with our court system that it takes THREE YEARS to bring a routine case to trial? That is why this gangster is back on the streets, to harm more people. Will YOUR loved one be next?

    DPP owes the nation an explanation of these damaging delays. A couple weeks back, there was a SEVEN YEAR delay before trial!

    JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED.

  2. Me says:

    Cases are delayed for the same reason, no justice in the jewel.

  3. BMNJ says:

    Cadle said that Jeffrey was not even present in court to testify against him & Special Constable Santos Carbajal, as the eyewitness, couldn’t hold up in court against Cadle. So he walked out of court a free man. Well, suppose Jeffrey was murdered, Cadle wouldn’t be walking but he would be running out of court a free man. The justice system sucks big time!!

  4. OriginalWoman says:

    Belize sounding like the “wild, wild west.” but who will be our Wyat Earp? Mr. Jeffrey went back to Guyanna because he feared his life would eventually be taken. And, he left a letter clearly stating who shot him. Yet this man, Cadle is freed. Unbelievable. The justice system stinks BIGTIME in Belize!! Makes me ashamed of my beautiful country, that I brag about so much to my friends, who are non-Belizeans.

  5. Elgin Martinez says:

    Thank God Mr Jeffry could have returned to his country of Origin.Shame on our justice system ,what a joke then we wonder why the murder rate is so high.

  6. borntobehero says:

    it IS MORE and more clear to me that the court system in Belize is nothing more than a joke!!!
    Events like this are a slap on the face to the country and done by the same people to whom justice has been thrust, The law maker in this case show to be flaws and slags.!!! Sad day for the city once more, sad.

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