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Mar 28, 2014

Frank Edwards beat murder rap and now walks from robbery in Scotia Bank heist

Frank Edwards beat a murder charge back in 2011 before Justice Troadio Gonzalez but he was in the Belmopan Supreme Court this week on a robbery charge. Edwards was accused in one of the biggest bank heists in Belize in which a security guard was murdered.  Today, he walked free after the prosecution entered a nolle prosequi. In March 2010, the Bank of Nova Scotia in Spanish Lookout was robbed of over two hundred thousand dollars in cash and an additional four thousand dollars in US currency. The robbery, however, turned into murder when a KBH Security guard, thirty-two year old Steven Lopez of Unitedville Village, who was on duty, was shot and killed. Edwards was charged and freed of a murder charge. This week, he appeared before Justice Antoinette Moore for robbery because it was believed he assisted in the commission of the heist. The jury was empanelled on Tuesday in the Belmopan Supreme Court and at the onset, Edwards, who was represented by attorney Dickie Bradley, submitted to the court that the caution statement that had been ruled admissible in his previous murder trial because it was in violation of the Evidence Act so could not be relied upon in the robbery trial. This morning when the trial resumed, Senior Crown Counsel, Ramirez told the court that he had no further evidence to offer in the case against Edwards and entered a nolle prosequi which means that while he walked free today, Edwards can still be brought back to court with new evidence. Michael Rodriguez and Juan Salazar were also charged for the robbery but on September thirtieth, 2013, a nolle prosequi was also entered on their behalf and they too were set free. Two other men believed to have been co-conspirators, Alexander Edwards and Benjamin Peters never faced trial because they were shot and killed in Honduras where they were entangled in a bus robbery. A third person, Gabriel Salazar was returned to Belize from Honduras and was eventually acquitted of murder. Salazar had also faced a murder charge in another case in which Francis Johnson was robbed and killed in Dangriga.

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5 Responses for “Frank Edwards beat murder rap and now walks from robbery in Scotia Bank heist”

  1. Timber says:

    Wow! The ineptitude of our courts and officers. That’s all I have to say.

  2. Al Rich says:

    Another man’s blood is on Bradley’s head. How this man sleep nights knowing that guilty men who murder walk free by his representation. What a day when he has to pay.

  3. Ali BaBarrow's Belize there is no justice. says:

    Senile Sedi is the attorney general, with a horrible conviction rate.

    About the best he can do is bust tourists for a stick of weed.

  4. CEO says:

    The people responsible for bringing the charges to the court needs to make sure they have evidence that can stand up in a court of law.

    Sad but we cannot set the laws aside and find someone guilty.

  5. Phillipa says:

    Imagine that Edwards walk free because of a caution statement how much more dickey will get off because of caution statement instead of the government invest in camera system for the stations so that when these statement are taken they are recorded and the murders cannot say well I did not know I never said that. police minister need to change and the person in charge of the justice system. Dickey Bradley de get rich off of the criminal of this country.

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