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Jul 3, 2008

Was evidence tampered with in O.W. mayor’s case?

Story PictureHe was charged with two counts of Causing Death by Careless Conduct before Magistrate Dorothy Flowers four days after he hit and killed two people on the Northern Highway last month. But tonight there is a serious allegation that a urine sample provided by Orange Walk Town Mayor, Ravei Gonzalez, was never tested and sources close to News Five reveal that the seal that secured the evidence had been tampered with before it reached the lab in Ladyville. The question being asked is why the Mayor did not take his urine sample at the Ladyville Police Station, which is within closer proximity to the scene of the accident at mile thirty-five on the Northern Highway. Instead, the sample was taken in his hometown at the Orange Walk Police Station and later sent to the Forensic Laboratory in Ladyville. What this all means is that police will now have to rule out any charge of Driving with Alcohol Concentration above the Prescribed Limit against the Mayor.

The incident occurred around six on the evening of Sunday, June fifteenth, when Gonzalez, who was driving towards Orange Walk, knocked down forty-seven year old Manuel Coto and two year old Martita Lopez, both of Rhaburn Ridge. The little girl’s mother, Marta Garcia told the media, shortly after the incident, that Coto was walking Martita on a bicycle as four of them, including the child’s parents, headed to a wake. Gonzalez is out on bail of six thousand dollars and is to return to the Belize City Magistrates’ Court on July twenty-eighth.

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