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Jul 10, 2012

Pirates of the Caribbean get charged

Brenton Brackett

Two men from Southern Belize are suspected to be the modern day pirates that shot sixty year old fisherman, Cornelio Verde, and robbed his four-man crew at sea. Today, Sherwin Moore and Brenton Brackett, who were in police custody since Saturday, were brought before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. They were charged with three counts of Attempted Murder upon Cornelio and his two sons Ezekiel and Mescali Verde.  The men were additionally charged with Dangerous Harm and Use of Deadly Means of Harm upon Cornelio, who was shot in the buttocks, Robbery for allegedly stealing fishing gear, a generator and an outboard engine, and Aggravated Assault upon Francisco Cho and Handling Stolen Goods. They were also read charges of Aggravated Burglary for allegedly entering Cornelio’s house and stealing twenty-five pounds of lobster, assorted groceries, an outboard engine, fifteen thousand dollars worth of fuel, two cell phones, a chain saw as well as six hundred and fifty dollars in cash among other items.

Sherwin Moore

No pleas were taken from the accused men and they were remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until August twenty-eighth when they will appear in the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court. The matter will be transferred to the southern court since the incident occurred in that jurisdiction. Cornelio reported to police that he and his sons were on the waters in the vicinity of Colson Caye, located North East of Dangriga, at around seven p.m. on July third. They were reportedly approached by four men who requested fuel from them and then pulled out a weapon, which resembled an AK-47. Cornelio says they were ordered to jump overboard and complied, but while in the water several shots were fired at them. Only Cornelio was injured. They were then ordered to get back into their boat and escort the attackers to their fishing camp on Colson Caye, where the house was robbed.

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4 Responses for “Pirates of the Caribbean get charged”

  1. Storm says:

    Hang them. I strongly support death for pirates wherever they are caught. We rely on our waters to be secure and peaceful, and when criminals are on them, it is too dangerous to tolerate.

  2. Rod says:

    Hang them hang them high but I can bet you these guys will get off again what a useless gov. And pm. No hope for the jewel .

  3. jahkid says:

    These people have killed other fishermen. There are many reports of missing persons at sea and never found. Their vessels are found later with no engine and abandoned. Hang these pirates. Hang them!

  4. now i see says:

    Chop them and feed them to the sharks.

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