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Oct 9, 2019

2 Men are Freed of the Murder of Michael Welch

Tarique Gillett

Two Belize City men were freed from murder charges after spending almost five years on remand at the Hattieville Prison. Lyson Cacho and Tarique Gillett faced trial for the March 2015 murder of Michael Welch, which occurred on Periwinkle Street in Belize City. Kingsley Morrison was also shot during the gun violence, and was the crown’s main witness in the murder case. But since police have not been able to locate him, the prosecutor was forced to enter a nolle prosequi in court today.  The case was heard before Justice Colin Williams in the Supreme Court. Late this evening, News Five got an interview with attorney for Tarique Gillett, Norman Rodriguez, who shared what transpired in court.


Norman Rodriguez

Norman Rodriguez, Attorney for Tarique Gillett

“It ended today and both young men have gotten back their freedom. They were on remand for just three months short of five years and during that time; they were just coming back and forth to court. The case ended today and they were given back their freedom because the Crown has entered a nolle pros indicating to the court that the main witness—which is basically what this case stood on—has been evading police all along.”



“So today, I noticed that only one of the young men came out. The other individual; is he on remand pending other matters?”


Lyson Cacho

Norman Rodriguez

“Well, Tarique Gillett is our client. I am not sure really why the other young man has been kept with the police, but I am sure that it has to do with some other matter because for him this matter is finished.”


Following the case, only Gillett exited the courtroom as a free man. That is because Lyson Cacho is serving time for a gun and ammunition bust back in 2013. Cacho was convicted along with Diondray McKoy for that crime by former Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and sentenced to five years on September fourteenth, 2016.  Cacho’s earliest date of release from the prison will be in 2021.

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