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Mar 20, 2014

Aracely Cahueque returns to court for three counts of abetment to murder

The trial of twenty-two year old Aracely Cahueque continues to grip the nation’s attention. Cahueque, a beauty queen, is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder of eighteen year old Raylene Dyer back in October 2010.  The jury was empanelled on March eleventh and after a voir dire, her trial for three counts of Abetment to Murder started on Tuesday in the Belmopan Supreme Court before Justice Denis Hanomansingh. The trial is expected to be quite a lengthy one; and as details surface in court, the public relives the chocking circumstances under which the first-time mother was taken to Roaring Creek, butchered to death and her body allegedly thrown into a river and never found. But her baby was later discovered in Ontario Village with Cahueque’s ex-boyfriend.  Police believe that Cahueque hired Roaring Creek residents: Brandon Budna, Jason Anderson and Darren Banner to kill her UB colleague and friend so she could take Dyer’s baby as her own. Now, the prosecution believes that a statement made by Budna back in 2010 links Cahueque to Dyer’s murder, because in that statement Budna is described as the alleged point person contacted by Cahueque and tasked with murdering Dyer for six hundred dollars. Today was round two of Crown Counsel Kaysha Grant cross-examination of Budna. This afternoon, Bradley will have his turn to cross-examine Budna. He provided an update on the sensational trial.


Dickie Bradley, Attorney for Aracely Cahueque

Dickie Bradley

“What has been happening is that questions have been put to him that in fact he had conversations with Aracely Cahueque to the effect that he should kill Raylene Dyer. And so on the witness stand, he is denying that there were any such conversations. It was a long questioning period by the prosecution; it is an important part of this case. And you would remember that that person and two others were in fact arrested, charged, charged, went to trial and as your station reported, they were acquitted. So now they are trying to use a statement that he had allegedly made in order to make a link between him and Aracely Cahueque. Now Aracely Cahueque was charged for murder, but she is not in front of the Supreme Court in this trial for murder; she is in front of the court charged for soliciting the said Budna to kill Raylene Dyer. It is an Abetment to Murder; it is an extremely serious charge, but she has not really been asked to answer a charge of murder. The prosecution feels that it is in fact more prudent to go this route rather than because she was not present, she did not actually carry out any act or such thing. What they are saying is that she in fact spoke to Budna and made arrangements or tried to prevail upon him. That is the allegation being made against her. What a witness says on the witness stand is in fact their evidence; yes it was under oath. Now this was the prosecution’s witness; this is not our witness. He was a witness, but he was reluctant to testify so the prosecution was allowed to in fact put the question to him. So that procedure will continue the rest of today in terms of questioning Budna and then after he is finished—he being in fact the star witness in their case, if I could quote star—then the other witnesses will be brought…like the poor family of Raylene Dyer will be brought to court to say that their sister was so and so and other witnesses. So it is going to be a long drawn out trial.”


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6 Responses for “Aracely Cahueque returns to court for three counts of abetment to murder”

  1. Justice??? says:

    I reaally feel sad for the family who experienced this especially to relive it, especially if she goes free as well and i cant understand how attorneys can still be able to sleep at night defending these monsters. I would like to see what would happen if one day he experience one of these unfortunate incidents. Maybe then he can really understand life sometimes becuase even though it is his job, he seems to believe in what he does.Give unto Ceaser’s that which is ceaser’s and to God that which is his.

  2. No Justice says:

    interesting the media frenzy regarding Aracely Cahueque….yet not a word about the three murders who confessed to the killing and are free….the media is certainly lopsided…is it because she is woman??

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Come on now Belize there are several ways that Cahueque can be linked to this young lady’s murder.Her Whereabout at the time of the murder,phone records,her motive for barrowing the baby.Her ex-boyfriend’s possesion of the baby.That been said,If the DPP can’t win this case then you all need to go back to Law School.

  4. Al Rich says:

    I agree with Elgin, how much more evidence do we need. This woman shows up with a baby gives it to her ex as his child, the mother of the child is killed, and was her friend, how much more do we need. My disgust is that the three murderers are walking free to kill again. What kind of law exists in this country.

    Mr Bradley, the blood of the murdered woman will also be on your head. At sometime before you , you will loose your mind and become as a bumbling idiot. The people will say “was this not the attorney?”

  5. Ernest Acosta says:

    @ Justice. Every accused got a right to counsel. So if one attorney doesn’t do it, another one will. As much as we all believe that she had a hand in this, she has a right to a fair trial and its the prosecution’s job to convict her beyond a reasonable doubt. If the police did a shabby investigation (which is an everyday thing in Belize) then their case usually fall to pieces. They need to video tape all confessions, do better forensics and followup investigation in order to put these people away. I’m not holding my breath for convictions in Belize. They still only have a 7 percent conviction rate which basically means, when it comes to murder, 93 percent of the people are walking the streets right now.

  6. aij says:

    stop calling this ugly #%^*a beauty queen. we all know beyond a reasonable doubt that she is guilty. rarely do cases get me this pist off, but she deserves everything that comes to her. nothing against the attorney, law needs lawyers on both sides for equality. sadly prosecutors and police here are just… no matter how the case stands belize has it’s own way of justice so let her get that.

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