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Oct 11, 2019

Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau are Given a Fixed Sentence for Double Murder

Leslie Pipersburgh & Patrick Robateau

Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau are two convicts who have now been given a fixed sentence for a double murder. Both received a sentence of thirty-five years, less ten years already served, leaving the duo to serve twenty-five more years to take effect from April, 2011, the date when they were convicted of the double murder of Fidel Mai and Kevin Alvarez.  This morning, Justice Colin Williams in the presence of their attorney, Hector Guerra, from Godfrey Smith Chambers in Belize City, explained the new circumstances. The Justice referred to new guidelines by the Caribbean Court of Justice in the cases of Alwyn Gabb and Gregory August, in which the C.C.J. determined that inmates convicted of murder must be given fixed sentences.  The Justice also revisited the deadly day in June 2002, when Pipersburgh and Robateau were convicted of killing two security guards of Bowen and Bowen.   In Judge Williams’ view, the men acted in a horrific way when there was no provocation, calling the murder a wicked and senseless shooting.  He also looked at what the defence asked him to consider, which is that the defendants have reformed and have shown remorse. But Justice Colin Williams also noted that in his view, the actual murder of the security guards was not planned, but the men should have foreseen life would have been lost.  Justice Williams took into consideration that at the time of the murder, Robateau was twenty-five, and Pipersburgh was forty-four and that they still have years ahead to contribute to society, so he handed down a thirty-five-year sentence, less time served.  In June 2002, the robbery at Bowen & Bowen Limited escalated into a bloodbath ending in the death of Alvarez and Mai.  Two city residents, Cherrie Tucker and David Flores, were also shot.  Pipersburgh and Robateau were former employees of the company.   At their first trial in 2004, they were found guilty. Their case was later appealed and it went all the way to the Privy Council, which ordered a retrial. On April eight, 2011, they learnt their fate, not guilty of the murder of Flores and Tucker but guilty of the murder of Mai and Alvarez.

In related news, Jeremy Harris has also received a fixed sentence. Having served seventeen years behind bars, he is looking at eight years for the murder of Phillip Chin in 2002. Wayne Martinez, who was convicted for the murder of Rene Castllo in 2005, is looking at twenty years before he is eligible for parole. In the case of Miguel Herrera, who is convicted for the murder of Mirna Figueroa in 2007, he was sentenced to thirty-five years before he is eligible for parole.  Then there is Phillip Tillett, who is behind bars for the 2003 murder of Kirk Gentle.  He is looking at twenty-five years seeking parole.

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