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Jul 8, 2019

In Belize, Women Aren’t Immune to Crime and Violence

Women have not been spared of ongoing violence in the country showing that violence does not discriminate along gender lines. Aside from domestic and sexual abuse, crimes of passion and other forms of attacks, the lives of many women have been cut short in homicides. Here is News Five’s Isani Cayetano with a look at how women have been faring in the wave of crime.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Since the beginning of the year, eight women have lost their lives in various forms of conflict.  Sadly, 2019 continues to prove that gun violence and murder are haphazardly random.  The stabbing death of Yolanda Requena in Bullet Tree Falls Village on June twenty-third is a tragic tale of a deadly love triangle in which a mother of four lost her life when she was viciously stabbed by Thelma Warrior.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett shared details of that incident.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch [File: June 24th, 2019]

“San Ignacio police were called to the New Area in Bullet Tree Falls Village whereupon arrival they observed the motionless body of a female later identified as Yolanda Requeña, forty-seven-year-old janitor of a Bullet Tree Falls address.  She appears to have had one single stab wound to the left chest.  She was then transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.”


And then there was the gruesome triple murder in which high school principal Alarice Andrewin and nineteen-year-old Maria Juarez were shot and killed inside Andrewin’s family home on the George Price Highway.  The shocking incident remained in the headlines for a number of days.


Hilberto Romero

Supt. Hilberto Romero, C.I.B., Belize City [File: June 5th, 2019]

“Presently we have our investigators on the ground, they are following up on every lead.  They are conducting interviews, recording statements and at this time I would like to appeal to the general public if they have any information that can assist us in this investigation, you can call the 922 TIPS or you can call us and pass the information.  We are following every lead that we are getting and we have our investigators on the ground working on this case as we speak.”


While the stabbing death of Ana Villanueva in Corozal was never ruled a homicide, the incident raised the ire of residents in the north when the perpetrator was never charged for a capital offense.  Villanueva and Zena Armstrong had a history of enmity which culminated in a deadly attack.


Voice of: Friend of Deceased [File: May 13th, 2019]

“The gial pass and ih tell ahn tonight I wah dawg yo out. If yo go home, I wah dawg yo out. Anna come back to me and tell me yo know, she tired ah people just di give she hell ina life. Gial I tired ah she di tell me thing; do me thing. So I tell ahn yo know what, noh stain yo hand with dehn kinda gial.  Lef dah gial lone; me and she done gone through something. Lef she lone. All weh she wah do dah bite you. All weh she ready fi do dah haul wah knife because she do it to me.  Me and she ketch ina fight fi di same thing – provocation.”


The most recent attack which could have ended in fatality was Friday night’s shooting in which thirty-one-year-old Kanchi Casey; an expecting mother was grazed by a bullet that entered her home on Neal Pen Road. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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