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Jul 17, 2013

Second murder acquittal for Gabriel Salazar

Gabriel Salazar

A San Pedro resident has been acquitted of a murder charge by Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh in the Dangriga Supreme Court. The murder occurred on September 12, 2009 at Johnson’s Store in Big Falls, Toledo District. Twenty three year old Gabriel Salazar was accused of the murder of Francis Johnson, the store owner, during a robbery. Three other men were suspected of committing the robbery that turned murder, but it is believed they fled the jurisdiction and headed to Honduras. As it turned out, Justice Hanomansingh ruled that the only evidence against Salazar was inadmissible since the police used force on Salazar to give the only statement in which he allegedly implicated himself as being part of the murder. Salazar claimed that he had been badly beaten by the cops.   In the trial, Salazar was represented by Attorney; Simeon Sampson who pointed out that in the oral confession, Salazar never said who was the gunman that fired the fatal shot that killed Johnson. This is Salazar’s second murder acquittal.  On May thirtieth, 2012, he and three other San Pedro residents were acquitted of a double murder on the island. 

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9 Responses for “Second murder acquittal for Gabriel Salazar”

  1. Rod says:

    Useless incompetent gov and judges.

  2. Cat says:

    I know Mr. Johnson…May his soul rest in Peace…..As for this scumbag..your free days will not be glorious because eventually you will end up like the other robbers who fled to Honduras and got killed over there!!!
    Useless court system, useless prosecutors and police!! Waste of time!

  3. Initiate says:

    This certainly does not produce the right kind of Belizean we want.

    Whose responsibility is it to make sure that Mr Salazar gets the right message?

    He was involved in the murder, no punishment for that ?

  4. MODERATORDELETED says:

    WORST YET IS TO COME !!!
    VIDAL AND LAMB ALSO WALKED FREE AFTER ALL EVIDENCE AND CONFESSION SHOW THAT THEY KILLED THE COUPLE IN CRISTO REY, CAYO.

  5. MODERATORDELETED says:

    WORST YET IS TO COME !!!
    VIDAL AND LAMB ALSO WALKED FREE AFTER ALL EVIDENCE AND CONFESSION SHOW THAT THEY KILLED THE COUPLE IN CRISTO REY, CAYO !!!

  6. Tim says:

    A complete travesty of justice. The entire justice system in Belize is a joke. And to think that the police had the audacity harass and threaten the other victims with summons if he did not miss school to testify. All useless and a waste of time

  7. Tim says:

    Same knife whe stick sheep gwine stick goat. One day Simeon Sampson or one of his kins will be a victim and I hope that he will defend the culprit at that time also. As to that murder God is not a sleep he has a father and people he loves as well. Come judgement they gwine pay.

  8. Tim says:

    Police did not beat him but if I were the police and were falsely accused then I would have beat him in front of the judge.

  9. Mar says:

    HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE MURDER! Where is John Saldivar? How can he go scot free?? A second time? You know the pain this causes to the family knowing that someone who was “involved” goes free? What is wrong with our judicial system? No “badly beaten” would make anyone confess something they did not do, but it sounds like this guy is criminal material. This is what makes people take vengeance into their own hands, and then guess what happens….more crime!! May the Good Lord protect us, this country is going from bad to worse ….and the people are suffering!

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