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Jun 18, 2012

Chopping in Ladyville; is a woman’s affection the cause?

David Melendez

There is other crime news; a chopping incident in Ladyville shortly after midnight on Saturday has left two men wounded. According to reports, thirty six year old David Melendez was drinking with two friends when he pulled a machete and chopped them; Leonel Antonio Cowo was chopped about four times to the hand and has since been treated and released from the K.H.M.H.  Reports are that the second man, Rodolfo Suarez was chopped to the hand, head and right foot and remains hospitalized. Melendez’s ex common-law-wife says it happened in her house but she wasn’t there.


Gladys Perez, Ex-Common-law-Wife of Melendez

“I don’t really know what happened because the person weh mih used to live here was my common-law-husband because I separated from him three months ago. I had family problems; domestic violence and drinking problems with him. I don’t really know what gone on that night but they called me to tell me to come to my house dat night to check to see that lotta blood mi inna the house and I hear that some chopping gone on inna the house. The only thing weh I could tell you is that the three ah dem dah friends and three ah dem grow up inna the same village. I hear that dem mi di drink and afta that I nuh know weh gone on. I can’t tell what went wrong. But I hear that my ex-common-law chop the two bwai; Leonel Cowo and Rodolfo Suarez.”


Andrea Polanco

Gladys Perez

“So when you got the news, did this come as a surprise to you?”


Gladys Perez

“Well this come as a surprise to me because as far as I know him, I know he has a drinking problem and I know he is violent but to the extent to reach to a certain point like this, I can’t believe it.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, you say that the guys are friends; are they related in any way?”


Gladys Perez

“Well they are friends; one of the guys that got chopped is my ex brother in law so they know each other very good because used to live right by that house before they move out.”


David Melendez of Plantation Road in Ladyville was charged today before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith with two counts each of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm upon Antonio Cowo and Rudolfo Suarez.  Melendez has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July eighteenth.

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2 Responses for “Chopping in Ladyville; is a woman’s affection the cause?”

  1. Storm says:

    Let’s face it. alcohol abuse causes a lot of misery, mayhem, and murder in the Jewel. People who cannot handle alcohol safely should be jailed.

  2. JahKid says:

    Alcohol is main cause of many crimes. Stop producing and selling alcohol. Only a miracle can make that happen. Just saying.

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