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Cameron Hemsley Murdered in Ladyville

A man was shot dead early this morning in Ladyville. He has been identified as twenty-one-year-old Cameron Hemsley, a known street figure of the same community. Hemsley was released from the Belize Central Prison on February second, for a robbery that is still before the Magistrate’s Court. He was shot in the Kwam Street area […]

Attempted Murder Charges Withdrawn By Complaint

In 2023, twenty-eight-year-old Howard Reyes was charged for attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, aggravated assault with a firearm and wounding, following a shooting incident in Saint Paul’s Bank. Today, the Burrell Boom car dealer is a free man after his last two charges were dropped by the virtual complainant, James Perry, who […]

Six Days in Belize Ends with Six Months in Prison

After a mere six days in Belize, a Honduran national has been charged with illegal entry and is at risk of serving six months in Prison. Allegations are that thirty-nine-year-old Loren Rosales entered Belize on February eighth, 2024 through the banks of the Mopan River in Benque Viejo Del Carmen and has since being staying […]

Police Seek Steven Diaz for Murder OW Baker Josh Ku

The lifeless body of nineteen-year-old Joshua Ku was discovered at an isolated location along a dirt road in the Rhaburn Ridge area, near the fringes of Orange Walk District.  He had been stabbed to death in the early hours of Sunday morning, before being dumped along a lonely road several miles away from where he […]

Attempted Murder Trial against Former Coast Guard Officer Continues

The trial for attempted murder against former Coast Guard Officer Keyren Tzib is coming to an end with both defense and crown opening and closing their case. Tzib stands accused of trying to kill her former Coast Guard colleague, thirty-seven-year-old Kurt Hyde in April 2015. Allegations are that at the end of a joint maritime […]

Michael Baptist Sentenced for Stabbing Eugene “Fat Back” Webster

A man who attacked his stepfather, stabbing him multiple times back in July 2016, has nine years and one month left behind bars to serve for the  crime of dangerous harm. Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Baptist Junior, also known as “Chucky” was found guilty of dangerous harm in the High Court by a jury of nine persons, […]

Joseph Budna is Arrested and Charged for Cyber Bullying

Orange Walk Police have arrested and charged Joseph Budna for the crime of cyber bullying.  As we reported on Friday, Budna, a well-known figure who has had several brushes with the law, was wanted in connection with a complaint made against him.  It is alleged that he used a social media platform to torment Orange […]

Missing OW Teen Found Dead in Rhaburn Ridge

Joshua Ku enjoyed socializing with his friends in Orange Walk Town.  The nineteen-year-old lived with his sibling and grandfather and worked at a bakery along with his mother.  The mother and son would often talk and spend time with each other at work and Saturday was no different.  But when it was later discovered that […]

Four Charges for Blake Lewis

On Friday, we reported on the capture of twenty-five-year-old Blake Lewis who was wanted by police in connection with a double murder in Hattieville.  While Commissioner of Police Chester Williams commented on the incident, earlier today Lewis appeared before the lower court where he was arraigned on two of four charges and remanded to prison.  […]

Elderly Woman Dragged to Court and “Roughed Up” Over Land Dispute

Sixty-one-year-old Gertrude Hunter was taken to court this morning where she was arraigned on four criminal offenses, including damage to property, two counts of aggravated assault upon two police officers and one count of trespassing.  The charges arose from an incident in January during which Hunter was involved in a land dispute.  It is alleged […]

ComPol Williams Explains Why He Reported His Brother

Earlier this week, we told you that Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams brought charges against his own brother, Arthur Williams, under the Cybercrime Act. Arthur Williams was charged with two counts of using a computer system to disseminate false information with the intent to cause another person to be subjected to public ridicule or embarrassment […]

BPD and Human Trafficking Institute signs MOU

The Belize Police Department and the Human Trafficking Institute has solidified their efforts in the fight against human trafficking and smuggling. On Thursday, the department and the institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Through the partnership, the Human Trafficking Institute will provided needed support to the Belize Police Department to decimate human trafficking in Belize. […]

Man Wanted for Hattieville Double Murder Captured

On Thursday night, police captured a suspected murderer that has been on the run since October twenty-fourth, 2023. Twenty-two-year-old Lewis Blake was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Joel Andrews and Martin Sho in Hattieville. Well, after months in hiding, it appears that Lewis was spotted in the village and an off-duty […]

Man Pleads Guilty to Theft; Fined a Hefty Sum

A man who was caught stealing several items inside Simon Quan Store on Queen Street was ordered to pay thirty times the cost of the two items he stole after he pleaded guilty to the offense. Thirty-five-year-old Rashaan Kadeem Castillo, an unemployed of a Holy Emmanuel Street address in Belize City, was arraigned this morning […]

Man Fined for Public Drinking

A man was fined today for consuming alcoholic drinks in a public space. Twenty-five-year-old Francisco Torres pleaded guilty to public drinking after he was caught drinking a beer in public. The incident happened on January twenty-eighth on West Canal. In court, Torres wasted no time to plead guilty to the charge, and picked up a […]

ComPol Williams Press Charges against Brother For Alleged Cyber Bullying

Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, has pressed charges against his brother, Arthur Williams, for alleged cyber bullying. This morning, Arthur Williams was escorted to the Belize City Magistrates Court in handcuffs. He appeared unbothered as he raised his shackled arms for the camera. Williams was unrepresented in court where he was read three charges, two […]

Shane Bennett Gets Life in Prison for Murder

In January 2020, thirty-six-year-old Anthony Parks was gunned downed in Independence Village, he succumbed to his injuries eleven days later.  But when his suspected killer was convicted of murder in April 2022, Shane Bennett escaped from lawful custody and fled to Punta Gorda where he was recaptured shortly thereafter.  Tonight, Bennett is serving a life […]

Pending Police Senior Command Shuffle Ruffles Feathers Internally

With the announcement of transfers and promotions within the Belize Police Department, News Five understands that not all police officers who make up the senior command are happy campers. Reports are that there are plans afoot to file an injunction to halt these moves among the senior ranks of the department. Reporters asked the ComPol […]

Did Belizean Migration to U.S. Contribute to 2023’s Low Murder Count?

There are reports that more than ninety gang affiliates from Belize City migrated to the U.S.A in 2023 to seek asylum. With the 2023 murder count coming in at a record low, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was asked if these reported migration played a role in that number decreasing. ComPol Williams says the figure […]

Facebook Marketplace Scams on the Rise in Belize

Online sales scams have become an all too familiar occurrence in the digital age. We have reported on numerous cases that were brought to the attention of the police. Recently, a man was arrested and charged for allegedly scamming a woman of fourteen hundred dollars for a sofa set he never delivered.  We have also […]

Defense Attorney: Media Was Not Intentionally Barred from Trial

On Monday, the case of the Bladen Twelve – that is, the twelve men, including four policemen who are linked to the landing of a drug plane on the Southern Highway back in November of 2021 – was transferred to another building. The matter was moved at the eleventh hour from the Magistrates’ Court building […]

S.I. to Declare Charles Hyde Building the Bladen Trial Venue

But while the media was inadvertently disallowed from entering the building to attend the court session, it didn’t miss out of very much. Bradley said that all that happened was that the attorneys are to agree on which witnesses are not required to testify in person. The witnesses will number at least sixty. Yes, sixty, […]

Accused Robbers Head to Trial Seven Years Later

A case of attempted murder during which Tyrone Scott was robbed and stabbed multiple times in September 2016, is set to begin in April.  Elward McKay and Alexander Bainton have been charged with dangerous harm and robbery stemming from the incident over seven years ago.  But when the duo appeared in the High Court earlier […]

Police to Charge Biscayne Father with Murder of Levan Aldana

Police have arrested and charged a man from Biscayne Village with the murder of Belize City resident, Levan Aldana Junior. Twenty-eight-year-old Arthur Hill, a construction worker, is the man who police believe stabbed Aldana to death on Wednesday night as they walked from Hill’s jobsite to a residence where their two girlfriends live. Today, head […]

High Court Hands Down a Life Sentence for Marlon Everett

A life sentence has been handed down by Justice Candance Nanton in a murder case involving thirty-three-year-old Marlon Everett.  He was convicted of murder in the shooting death of Albert Johnson which occurred in April 2018.  In imposing the life sentence, Everett was informed that he will not be eligible for parole until he has […]