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Oct 6, 2020

C.C.J. Affirms Manzanero’s Murder Conviction

Hernan Manzanero

Condemned murderer Hernan Manzanero appealed his conviction before the Caribbean Court of Justice through a special leave granted by the appellate jurisdiction.  Manzanero was sentenced in the Supreme Court to twenty-five years in prison after being found guilty of the murder of cab driver Domiciano Quixchan in 2011.  The incident happened near a feeder road in San Antonio Village, Cayo District.  In 2019, Manzanero challenged his conviction in the Court of Appeal but the matter was dismissed.  At the C.C.J., Manzanero was represented by attorney Anthony Sylvester, while the Crown was represented by Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lyn Vidal.  The Caribbean Court of Justice affirmed the conviction of Hernan Manzanero.

 

Madame Justice Rajnauth-Lee, Caribbean Court of Justice

“I am reading a summary of the court‘s judgment.  This summary is not intended to be a substitute for the reasons of the court or to be used in any later consideration of trh court‘s reasons and judgment.  The appellant, Hernan Manzanero, was convicted of murder in the Supreme Court of Belize mainly on evidence given by his common-law wife Daisy Alvarado.  On November 28th, 2011, Manzanero and Daisy, along with their twenty-five-day old baby, boarded the taxi of the deceased, Domiciano Quixchan at Bullet Tree Village.  An incident occurred which resulted in the death of the deceased and injuries to Manzanero.  Manzanero was subsequently charged with murder and on March 7th, 2017, he stood trial before Madame Justice Moore, sitting without a jury.  Manzanero had given two caution statements to the police, the first was mainly exculpatory and was admitted into evidence.  The second statement contained an admission of guilt.  A voir dire was held during the trial to assess the admissibility of the second caution statement.  After hearing Manzanero‘s evidence during the voir dire, the trial judge, although finding that Manzanero was not wholly credible, ruled the second caution statement inadmissible.”


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