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Feb 12, 2013

Dispute between estranged couple lands man in coma

An altercation at a San Ignacio bar over the past weekend ended badly for Jose Pineda. It happened between sometime around two-thirty on Sunday morning at a bar owned by thirty-three year old Mariana Galvez, who is estranged from Pineda. According to police reports, Galvez claimed that Pineda assaulted a patron who had asked for a round of drinks. This prompted Galvez to run from Pineda, but he caught up with her and then physically assaulted her. But a man she recognized as Victor Perez of Santa Elena came to the rescue and a struggle ensued between him and Pineda. Police soon arrived, broke up the fight and transported Pineda, Perez and another man to the hospital. That’s the report by the authorities, but according to Pineda’s relatives, they’ve got it all wrong. Anna Klaseen says that Pineda was forcibly taken by a group of men to Galvez’s bar and was beaten at her request. The beating landed Pineda to the K.H.M.H. where he is on life support.


Voice of: Anna Klaseen, Relative of Jose Pineda

“On Saturday at three am, Jose Pineda, he works at Piatche as a DJ, about four or five men came to look for him and they told him to come outside and he refused. Another guy came in and told him to come out side and he did so and when he came out, they placed a knife to his back. He was told to go to his car and he was going to drive to Mariana’s bar. He was told that Mariana wanted to see him inside, he asked why she wanted to see him when he has nothing to do with her. When he entered the bar, the guys began to hit him. Mariana Galvez told the men to leave him there until the police come because he had no right to be there. And she then paid the guys that assaulted Pineda. She was his ex-girlfriend and had a child together but are no longer together. There is an order for them not to communicate in anyway and that’s why she did this. Last night he was in a stable condition. He was hit in the head with a stick and in his face. His nose is broken and the doctor still has to check if his jaw is broken as well.”


Galvez and Perez, according to the family were only detained for an overnight and released. They have not yet made an official report because they are caring for Pineda at the moment. 


In another case of common assault, this time in Belize City, a forty-nine year old plumber has been charged with one count of the offence on a twelve year old student. Benjamin Chaplin appeared before Magistrate Sharon Frazer and pleaded guilty to the charge. The incident occurred this past Saturday at the Queen Square Anglican Primary School where the minor was attending classes. While inside the school compound, the minor claims she was listening to music with some friends when Chaplin allegedly threw a bottle at them. The minor claims that they ran for cover, but Chaplin jumped the fence and when he caught up with them, he whipped her on the back with his belt. Chaplin was restrained by some men in the area until police arrived. While Chaplin did not deny that he used his belt on the minor, he said that he was provoked when the group hurled objects at him. Magistrate Frazer imposed a non-custodial sentence of a one year period, during which time he cannot engage or be charged in any other criminal activity.

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3 Responses for “Dispute between estranged couple lands man in coma”

  1. Storm says:

    Booze and broken hearts can be a dangerous combination! Let that be a lessen to you — and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Storm says:

    Should have been “lesson,” not “lessen.” Sorry.

  3. n says:

    what goes around comes around if u do bad well tek the lik :}

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