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Jul 20, 2012

Chris Lowe to be arraigned for wounding Bert Vasquez

Christopher Lowe

This coming Tuesday, Christopher Lowe will be arraigned on a charge of wounding. Lowe is the father of thirteen year old Jasmine, whose murder in June triggered a massive community protest in San Ignacio.  On Thursday, Lowe was among the spectators when Bert Vasquez, his daughter’s murder suspect, was being taken to the Magistrate Court. Upon seeing Vasquez, Lowe lunged and hit him with an umbrella. He was quickly detained and charged. Here is how it played out on Thursday. Freelance reporter Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody

“Mister Lowe, any comment on what you did?”

 

Christopher Lowe, Father of Jasmine Lowe

“No, no.”

 

Duane Moody

“What triggered it? Was it your anger; your frustration with the system?”

 

Christopher Lowe

“It was the bloody silly smirk he got when the got people around him; but I don’t have any comment.”

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

It is that smirk that triggered Christopher Lowe, the father of thirteen year old Jasmine Lowe to strike twenty-eight year old Bert Vasquez as he was being escorted to the Magistrate’s Court in San Ignacio. As you can see this police officer dodges the swing of the umbrella and it hits Vasquez smack on the head.

 

Vasquez was whisked into the Court where he was attended to by a doctor and Lowe was taken into custody and later charged with wounding. Moments after the attack, Officer Commanding the San Ignacio Formation, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams expressed his disappointment with the incident.

 

Chester Williams

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, O.C., San Ignacio Formation [File: July 19th, 2012]

“I’ve been so helpful but the public has overstepped its boundaries today. We must understand that as we try to work with the public, the public must work with us. The people asked for a peaceful demonstration and what took place with Mister Vasquez was uncalled for. There is a legal system; we have a system that works and we must allow that system to take its course. Mister Vasquez is before the Court on a number of charges; let the court decide whether or not he is guilty. The prosecution, the police; we will do our best to present the best case possible. It is then up to the Magistrate to decide the guilt or innocence of the person. It is not for the public to try or crucify him.  Mister Vasquez was assaulted on his way to court with an umbrella. The person is in our custody and he will be charged with wounding. Mister Vasquez has been attended to by a doctor who has classified the injuries as wounding. So that person will be arraigned today.”

 

For the residents of the Twin Towns, Vasquez got what he deserved.

 

Alberto Palma

Alberto Palma, President, Bishop Martin Neighborhood Watch Committee

“You think that we can put ourselves for one second in Mister Lowe’s place; to see this guy in front of him and to think that this is the guy that killed his daughter—that did that to his daughter. I don’t think anyone can hold back and not do anything about it. And worse not knowing what could happen. I don’t know. I think I understand Mister Lowe.”

 

Juliana Guerra

Juliana Guerra, Santa Elena Resident [File: July 19th, 2012]

“He do worse than that. He noh deserve fi go dah no way. He deserved it. We gwen dah hospital.  Aye yi yi; you really want know why I vex? Because I couldn’t get this rope around his neck because I too short and police push me. If dehn neva push me, right now I mi wah got ahn hang up yah so. We serious. We are serious about this situation. We are not going to tolerate any more crime nor will we tolerate law enforcement protecting criminals. We are tired and we get enough. And today we get enough and we mean it. We are serious.”

 

Vasquez is accused with the murder of thirteen year old Jasmine Lowe and for the alleged common assault of at least eleven female minors of the municipality. Vasquez has told the media that he is being framed.

 

Bert Vasquez

Duane Moody [File: June 21st, 2012]

“Mister Vasquez is there anything else that you wanna say?”

 

Bert Vasquez, Charged for Murder/Assault

“Many things; but I’ll be in touch with you through counsel. I’m innocent of this crime, I’m being framed.”

 

Vasquez says he will be represented by top notch attorney Simeon Sampson when he goes on trial in August. Duane Moody for News Five.

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17 Responses for “Chris Lowe to be arraigned for wounding Bert Vasquez”

  1. Storm says:

    Arresting Mr. Lowe is the most ridiculous and offensive act I have ever seen by the police — and that is saying a lot!

    Innocent, no matter what. The extenuating circumstances are overwhelming. DON’T WASTE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES ON THIS FARCE!

  2. Bear says:

    If anyone should be arraigned, it is the security people who thoughtlessly set up such a great temptation. I’m not really concerned about protecting Bert Vasquez, I think the entire country will be better off the sooner he dies. If police feel they must protect him, then do it properly and don’t arrest somebody — the murdered girl’s father, for goodness sake! — because police did a sloppy job in a bad cause.

  3. John Boy,Carson,Ca says:

    People want to commit murder,and they expect the police not to do nothing.The lynch mop is no better than the criminal.Let the man have a fair trial,and if he is guilty then the law will deal with him.One other thing NO ONE WILL GET HANG.You guys say you want justice.To me it is vengence.

  4. Uncle Benji says:

    Great news! Who the hell Lowe think he is? No one should be above the law. No one.

    While they are at it, the police should question him a little about his taste or dislikes of little girls. Who knows what his bag of skeletons may hold?

    Mommy dearest, what does she know? Did a “Boy Toy” provide a few dollars to get information on Jasmine, her movements and whereabouts?

    Hey, cruffies are up in rebellion about Bert Vasquez; but let’s take a closer look at the parents here. This case is being too quick and simple. Girl gets raped and killed. Guy that did it gets arrested. End of story?

    Uncle Benji let eye is ticking, and when it ticks, something is wrong. After living five scores and seven on this wretched Earth, Uncle Benji left eye speaketh from experience. Check out the parents.

  5. Rod says:

    I say unu need fu hang him unu self as far as mr Lowe they should let him out now because he wasn’t himself at the time and if this incompetent pm and gov let murderers go every day what this Bally did was nothing so let him go use unu head fu aw change before the people go in a let him go themselves .

  6. Marie says:

    He probably hasn’t even spoken to Sampson yet but again-big talking as he lives in his own little world where he is a superstar. That umbrella wap hurt his pride more than anything else and he will never forget that public humiliation how many times the news showed and replayed it over and over and people downloaded it watching him jump like a !@#$%.

  7. ANTI-BERT VASQUEZ says:

    @BERT VASQUEZ…… SMILING LIKE ANY !@#$%, FUNNY!! YOU ARE BEYOND CRAZY!!

  8. Al says:

    Mr Williams sir, you are not being helpful to the public, you are doing your job , so please do not let it look as if you are doing them favors. I hope the courts are lenient on Mr Lowe.

    I could only imagine how hard it is to come face to face with the person who killed your child and watch the smirk on his face, so confident he will beat this charge. Mr Vasquez’s faith is in his attorney, Mr Lowe put your faith in God, he will not fail you.

  9. Freddy says:

    have sympathy for the decease girl father if it was my daughter i would feed him to alligators.an watch him get eaten alive.he is a pervert going ti jail is like being on vacation that’s my truth peace an love

  10. Belizean says:

    Mr Williams you keep saying the system works, did it work for you? Or why did you take the law into your own hands when one of your Family was Murdered? When it was your family member you took the murderer to coastal road and took care off him yourself, Good Job, Because you know that the system doesn’t work.

  11. John Boy,Carson,Ca says:

    The system is not perfect,but it is still better than a lynch mob.No one knows who killed the little girl.We have a suspect in custody,and we will find out when there is a trial if he is guilty or not.Mr Lowe commit a crime,and he have to face charges just like everyone else.The police job is to uphold the law,and to protect people who are in custody.I am not defending the suspect.I am defending our system,and by the way I am against capital punishment.

  12. now i see says:

    @uncle benji and @ marie YOU GUYS SOUND LIKE THE PARENTS OF THIS @#%&*/%&# MAYBE POLICE SHOULD INVESTIGATE YOU BECAUSE HE LEARN FROM YOU. YES THAT VIDEO OF MR LOWE HITTING THE CRAP OUT OF HIM IS VERY FUNNY I WISH HE HAD HITT HIM MORE TIMES UNTYL DEATH. BUT I GUESS THATS STILL COMMING IN JAIL. KEEP COUNTING HIS DAYS.

  13. MACAL RIVERA says:

    SO WHAT ABOUT THE POLICEMAN THAT MAN HANDLE MR LOWE AND TORE HI SHIRT?

    SHOULDN’T THAT POLICEMAN BE CHARGE?? I MEAN HE COULD HAVE TREATED MR LOWE WITH MORE RESPECT UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES MR LOWE IS IN RIGHT NOW.
    AND TO BE HONEST BERT PERVERT VASQUEZ DESERVE MORA THAN THAT, HE SHOULDA ME GET WAN GOOD WAPPING PAN HIS SICK …..

  14. Al says:

    Uncle Benji and John Boy, I don’t know if any of you are parents or if any of you have had a family member murdered, I am a parent and have had a family member killed in Belize over the bicycle he worked and bought, his killer went free, and someone killed him a few years later.

    Until you have walked in Mr Lowe’s shoes don’t judge him. If you love your child, and hope for a decent future for them and have a jackass comes and take him or her to fullfill their own devious pleasure and then take the life out of them, hold your peace. Truly, you don’t know how you would behave.

    If you read this Uncle Benji and John Boy, close your eyes for a minute and imagine for me this little girl when she realized that this man was not taking her to a safe place. Now see her trying to get away as he held her down , took her panties off, forced himself into this body that is not yet developed for sexual contact, hear her cry, hear her begging him to stop, hear her saying please no, let me go, stop, stop, stop. How many times did he rape her, did he kill her first and then had his way with the body? As she fought him her ring fell off her finger, in the vehicle, I would like to believe that was God’s way of leaving evidence to get this preditor his just due in this life. We know he will pay in the heavenlies also

    Then when he is fenished, or before as she is crying, he decides I cant let her go, so he takes his hands and places it around her small neck and squeezes, see her arms flaring around as she tries to fight for her life. Then her body goes limp and this helpless child is in the twinkling of an eye gone to heaven, leaving a distraught father with unfenished business. This man will never walk his daughter down the isle, he will never have or hold a grandchild by her. Mr Lowe will never hear her call him dad or father again.

    Oh how easy it is for us to put off another man’s pain and hurt, so untill you both have gone beyound the surface of this horrific situation I say hold your peace. Belize is so rocked with murders, and violence and the perps are walking everyday and the government is doing nothing, somone has to say to the criminals “we are mad as hell and we will take it no more.”

    I am sorry to be so detailed, but this is not just about a dead body found and buried or about a father who hit someone with an umbrella or what is called a vigilante group. This is about a helpless child who was somebody’s dauther a part of the future of Belize,
    According to the evidence, this man roamed around and looked for little girls and baited them to get in his car, this was an carefully organized criminal activity. Yes I am for the legal system to work, but we cannot count on that to happen in Belize, why, becasue of there are people like Bradley and Sampson and others who forget that an attorney has a responsibily to encourage guilty people to plea bargain instead of setting them free to do what they do again and again. Think about that, Benji and John Boy.

  15. Storm says:

    Brilliantly put, Al.

  16. justice4jasmine says:

    This is a hellish night mare what the Lowe family is going through, my heart goes out to Mr. Lowe, and his son in the U.S who misses her so …….. It is ridiculous that he was arrested for a crime of wounding,…..his crime was not a crime but a slight gestured nudge towards justice…. That man Vasquez, is a monster & deserves everything he done to be done to him ,..Ugh, alot of emotions come flowing when i think of him, and scums such as he, but God in his grateness will be high most prosecutor in this case, and he will see justice in this life time and the next. Please pray for Chris Lowe,….. pray that his freedom will not be in jeopardy, that a sound mans mind wont be lost, for the lost of love one is tradegic in itself , imagine living knowing you had to burried your own…it is devistating!…. Jasmine life was cut short, over one mans greed to control what he could never have, she was just was a part of my family as she was to the locals in Belize. To the young victims, I pray you see the justice you seek. I can it,……the roars…FOR JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. gushiguerra says:

    A lie detector test….plus evidence should be. just enough to determine if he is the killer….our community wants justice…i called on to the people of Belize,my people to work together in making this Nation a safer one and in getting this kind of people ,not fit for society, locked up for life!!!

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