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Feb 4, 2013

Absent witness and loophole ends murder case

 

Timroy Neal

There is justice for twenty-one year old Timroy Neal. After spending six years behind bars, Neal was acquitted of the murder of Elriquez Orellano which occurred on December twenty-first, 2006. Neal was only fifteen years old when he was charged for the gruesome murder of sixteen year old Orellano. In the Belmopan Supreme Court last Thursday, Justice Denis Hanomansingh ruled that the only piece of evidence, a confession statement which police claimed Neal had given, was inadmissible because his mother was not present as is required when minors are involved.  Orellano was allegedly stabbed to the heart around eight-thirty on the said night in Roaring Creek by two young men. In June, 2010 when the trial first came up, the main witness could not be located. The D.P.P. Office at the time represented by Yohhanseh Cave, told Justice Troadio Gonzalez that the prosecution was prepared to re-indict Neal for the same murder, but for trial in the Belmopan Supreme Court. The Justice’s response was that the court cannot allow any accused to be lingering behind bars because witnesses cannot be located.

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5 Responses for “Absent witness and loophole ends murder case”

  1. Dan says:

    what’s new ?

  2. Storm says:

    That result isn’t justice, justice means the right thing is done. Trial should be a search for truth, not for technicalities. If the law says no minor can confess without mama in the room, the law must be changed. Murderers must be treated, tried, and punished as adults.

    I’m critical also of DPP for not staying in contact with the key witness. I would fire an employee who was that negligent on so important a matter.

  3. GrigaMan says:

    WTF! How could this be justice when someone was murdered and no one is held accountable? What about justice for the victim and the victim’s family. We will now have another hardened murderer on the streets of Belize; one who has spent years perfecting his criminal craft at Hattieville University. I wonder how long it will take before he murders someone else. My beloved Belize is heading down a dark scary path. Where is the political leadership and the will to defend the law-abiding citizens? I hope it is not too late for a change, but we are rapidly going down a steep slippery slope, with no end in sight. May God have mercy on us!

  4. Bear says:

    I agree with Storm. Try ALL murderers as adults — if they’re old enough to kill, they’re old enough to hang.

    THE JUVENILE CRIME LAW NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. There are plenty of stone gangsters under the age of 18, but Belize is living in the past, thinking anyone under 18 has an angel inside, just waiting to come out with extra love. No man, violent offenders must pay the maximum adult price, no matter the age.

  5. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    I SAID IT BEFORE, THE LAWS OF BZ NEEDS TO HAVE LOOPHOLES !!!!
    IF ALL…ALL LOOPHOLES WE CLOSED, THEN HOW WILL MONEY COME IN?
    IF ALL MURDER TRIALS ENDED IN CONVICTION THEN EVENTUALLY THERE WILL BE NO MORE MURDERS !!!
    OR FAR TOO LITTLE MURDERS TO BE OF ANY SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY!!!
    THEN THINGS WOULD BE HARD FOR THE GOV, FROM WHERE WOULD ANY MONEY COME IN FROM?
    BUT THERE IS HOPE, SOME SAY THAT THE CHURCHES HAS FAILED, BUT THEY ARE TERRIBLY WRONG.
    SOON WE ALL WILL GO TO CHURCH, NO MONEY THEN FOR CRIMES AND RAPES ETC. ETC.
    WE WILL STOP DRINKING RUM ,BEERS, ETC. NO MONEY FOR THE GOV ON TAXES !!!!
    WAIT A LITTLE WHILE !!!
    THE CHURCHES WILL OVERCOME EVIL !!!
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