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Nov 1, 2019

Court of Appeal Vindicates Yolanda Schakron

The Court of Appeal has been meeting this week. A number of cases were heard including one linked to the murder of Christopher Galvez. Twenty-three-year-old Galvez was murdered execution-style on December twenty-second, 2009. The young man was fatally shot at the Pipersburgh’s Boatyard near mile two and a half on the Western Highway. At the time of the murder, the Galvez family was suspecting the involvement of a well-known police officer. Galvez’s aunt, Yolanda Schakron charged the Belize Police Department with participating in a string of cover-ups. Former police officer Darrell Usher’s name was called. Galvez’s murder remains unsolved and Usher was never criminally charged in connection to the case. The Usher family ran to the defense of Darrell who filed a lawsuit against Schakron for statements she reportedly made to the Amandala Press. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of Usher but today the justices of the Court of Appeal vindicated Schakron. Her appeal was allowed and the Supreme Court’s ruling overturned. Schakron says she has mixed feelings about the ruling. 


On the Phone: Yolanda Shackron, Appellant

“I must say that I feel good but it is a mixed feeling because no matter what happens I can’t get Christopher back. I guess it is vindication but in the end it won’t change anything because we never found out who murdered Chris. I am happy. I am thankful to the lord for everything. I want to thank my attorney. I just think I am going to be more cautious because sometimes people can say things that you don’t really say. You just have to be cautious. I don’t know if it is a lesion to be learn because I didn’t say it the way they say I said it. I think you just have to be careful when we speak because you know how th media will say something. I just want to thank god that this is done with but no matter what like what I said I will never have Christopher back. I will give anything to have him back but this is just something we have to deal with.”


Usher was represented by attorney Mark Williams while Schakron was representative by attorney Anthony Sylvestre.

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