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Mar 18, 2014

Visually impaired man testifies in the murder trial of Aracely Cahueque

Today, the full trial of twenty-one year old Aracely Caheque continued in the court of Justice Denis Hanomansingh, following a ruling on legal arguments presented. The media is not allowed to speak on those matters, which were dealt with in a voir dire without the presence of the nine member jury. Caheque is charged with three counts of abetment to murder. Police believe that she arranged for the death of eighteen year old Raylene Dyer in October 2010, because she wanted Dyer’s newborn daughter. It is a sensational and particularly heinous crime which has drawn much media and public attention, particularly since the three men accused of actually committing the murder have walked free. Mike Rudon has been following the story in Belmopan and has an update.


Mike Rudon, Reporting

Today twenty-two year old Aracely Caheque made her daily trek from Police Station to court, escorted by three officers. Her fate rests in the hands of a nine member jury which is currently hearing the prosecution’s case, following the completion of the trial within a trial this morning.


Dickie Bradley, Attorney for Aracely Caheque

Dickie Bradley

“We had legal arguments to make to the judge which took some days but the jury is backl and the jury has been hearing evidence and in fact basically what is unfolding in the presence of the jury and the media is in fact the crown’s star witness, if I could barrow that word is currently testifying. The crown is in the process of making an application in relation to that witness. So he has started to testify and he is saying he knows Aracely Caheque. And he is saying that he knows some basic elementary information in the presence of the jury and now the crown is asking the court, if in fact in realtionto a legal matter, can they in fact go down a particular road.”


The only link between the murder and Aracely Caheque is contained in the statement of this man…Brandon Budna. It is alleged that he was the point person contacted by Caheque and tasked with murdering Raylene Dyer. Even though he and two others have been acquitted of murder, the prosecution believes that his testimony will make their case against the accused woman.


Dickie Bradley

“The only person that is making a link to Aracely Caheque in this matter is this witness. Now there are twenty witnesses who are on the indictment  to be called to testify and they will in fact be if they are all called will be presenting kinda like back ground information, fulling out information, I imagine a witness or some witnesses will say that Aracely did borrow the baby which she is not denying. Borrowing the baby is not a crime she did not do anything in relation to the charge against her so the trial is actually unfolding and ever so often sometimes which lawyers are required to do sometimes form us, sometimes from the prosecution, to in fact raise legal issues in order to ensure that there is a fair and proper trial.”


In an interesting and perhaps poetic turn of events, Budna is afflicted with a debilitating disease which has caused him to lose significant vision. Today he was unable to recognize Caheque for a distance of ten feet away. Additionally, Budna has stated from the stand that he did not read his own confession statement, and it was not read to him in 2010 when he was originally charged.


Dickie Bradley

“This is an interesting legal issue that is before us and the reason why submissions are being made from the other side, is that in the course of the witness’s testimony…the court had known the person comes to court, the court known and the witness is in fact confirming that he has a problems with his sight, that he has serious problems with his sight .So now the question will be, is that a bar for him to see something to say to the court…yes this is what I have seen. Has his eye sight deteriorated form October until know that he is not able to say certain things to the jury. That is an issue that is being looked at and the crown is of course veering all basis to ensure that that impediment does not affect the presentation their side of the case.”


Crown Counsel Kaysha Grant stated this evening as she left, that the fact of Budna’s loss of sight is not as damaging as it appears.

Mike Rudon reporting for News Five.


The trial continues Wednesday, when Justice Hanomansingh will rule on the prosecution’s application to have Budna’s confession statement read to him. 

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4 Responses for “Visually impaired man testifies in the murder trial of Aracely Cahueque”

  1. alberto lagos says:

    umbelievable,3 guys who apparently are the responsibles of the murdering of mrs.Raylene,walked free and now this woman should be the responsible for everything. that is the bended lines of justice in my beloved country.The cork sink and the iron float.UMBELIEVABLE.

  2. BzePapi says:

    She’s innocent…I want to give her that baby myself that she’s been wanting and needing. I call BIAS in this trial on the count that she’s too beautiful, I could see why Samson fell for Delilah now, I FINALLY UNDERSTAND!!!!!

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    The issue of Mr.Budna’s sight should have been looked at prior to using him as a witness.

  4. Fair Justice says:

    How convenient he lost his eyesight at a perfect timing. Becareful Budna God punish you and mek you really loose ur eye sight fi real. People will do anything in their power to get away from the hands of the law. But one justice you cant get away from is from my God in heaven.

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