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Jun 3, 2008

Rain dampers crime in old capital

One other positive spin-off of the tropical storm is that traditionally, Belizeans don’t like to go out in the rain. And three days of downpour means that most of the nation’s criminals took a break. There were no murders over the weekend and precious few other major crimes. Three men were charged, however, with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. That weapon, a sawed off twelve gauge pump action shotgun, was seized by police early Sunday morning. Three suspects were charged and one, twenty-three year old Leon Holland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to the mandatory three year minimum sentence. Charges remain against twenty year old Leon Garcia and twenty-three year old Gyan Bernard, who were released on four thousand dollars bail and will reappear in court on June seventeenth. Police say that the three men were driving in a car around five-thirty in the morning on Victoria Street and when they followed it they saw an object thrown out of the vehicle which later proved to be the shotgun. Holland, the driver of the car, was later apprehended on Faber’s Road.

In other court news, three teenaged girls have been arraigned on a slew of charges in connection with an attack on another female in Belize City. The minors, age fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen were charged in Family Court and remanded to prison until their next court date on June twenty-sixth. The victim, twenty-one year old Teresita Vivas, was attacked Thursday night on Church Street. She was stabbed five times in her back, once in the neck and twice in her left arm, allegedly by the fourteen year old primary school student, while the other two teens were said to have punched her. The charges include Attempted Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and Dangerous Harm.

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