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Aug 9, 2019

Mexican Trio Released After Spending a Year at Belize Central Prison

A trio of Mexicans caught stealing money from an ATM in Orange Walk and Corozal in January of last year has been acquitted of the charges of theft after spending seventeen months at the Belize Central Prison.  Joscan Jafet Uriostequi, Belen Isai Uriostequi and her common-law husband Leonel Peralta Rodriguez appeared in court this morning where they were informed that the charges had been dismissed.  Assistant Superintendent Egbert Castillo, the prosecutor assigned to the case, did not provide a reason for withdrawing the charge against the accused trio.  The Uriostequi siblings and Peralta Rodriguez were arraigned on January twenty-second, 2018 before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser on a single count of theft.  It was alleged that sometime between December twenty-first, 2017 and January eighteenth, 2018 the trio stole a total of ten thousand, seven hundred dollars in Belizean currency from Atlantic Bank ATMs.  They were all denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison as at the time they were deemed to be flight risks.  Today, when they were set free, the trio was all smiles.  They were represented by attorney Leslie Hamilton.


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