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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 […]

Accused Murderer Deemed Unfit to Stand Trial

Justice Candace Nanton has ruled that a Belize City man who stands accused of murder is insane and unfit to make a plea.  Fifty-two-year-old Shedrack White is accused of the July 2020 murder of William Rubio in Belize City.  In late January, Justice Nanton handed down her ruling in White’s competency hearing.  She deemed him […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

No Case Submission Refused in Oscar Selgado Trial

Attorney Oscar Selgado was back in court today to hear Justice Nigel Pilgrim’s verdict on a no case submission by his attorney Adolph Lucas. Selgado and his attorney did not receive the news they hoped for, as Justice Pilgrim wasted no time in handing down his ruling. The no case submission was denied by the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Collin Francis Fit to Stand Trial for Murder?

A competency hearing to determine whether Collin Francis Junior is eligible to stand trial for the murder of Nestor Vasquez Junior continued today before Justice Nigel Pilgrim.  The High Court judge called on Virgilio Murillo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Kolbe Foundation, to testify on the conditions of the Belize Central Prison should Francis […]

Selgado will Learn His Fate on February Seventh

A decision in the case involving attorney Oscar Selgado, who stands accused of abetment to commit murder, will be handed down by the High Court on Wednesday, February seventh.  Earlier today, the Director of Public Prosecutions indicated to Justice Nigel Pilgrim that several points raised by attorney Adolph Lucas Senior, who represents Selgado, are not […]

Additional Charges for Accused Sex Offender Rupert Codd

Twenty-two-year-old Rupert Codd has been slapped with additional charges stemming from a sexual assault case in which he has been accused by a woman of attacking her near Save-U Taxi Stand.  This morning, he appeared unrepresented before the lower court where he was read two additional charges of damage to property after he reportedly damaged […]

Is Shadrack White Fit to Stand Trial for Murder?

Fifty-three-year-old Shedrack White stands accused of a murder that occurred in Belize City in July 2020.  He has been on pretrial detention at the Belize Central Prison for the past three and half years.  When White appeared before the High Court earlier today, it was to determine whether he is fit to stand trial, as […]

Bladen Drug Plane Case Adjourned Again

The charges arose in late 2021 after a drug plane landed on the Southern Highway in Bladen Village, Toledo. And today, the case for the Bladen Twelve, referring to the four interdicted police officers and others who are charged in connection with the incident, was again adjourned. The Senior Magistrate who is presiding over the […]

Jasmine Hartin Returns to Court in Belize

Jasmine Hartin was back in court today where she is being represented by a new attorney in a matter involving drug and assault charges that she picked up a while back when she was busted with 0.5 grams of cocaine.  As we’ve reported, Hartin pleaded not guilty to manslaughter by negligence in the shooting death […]

Defense for Selgado to Submit Written Closing Argument

The defense in the abetment to murder trial of attorney Oscar Selgado closed before midday today, after the defense attorney, Adolph Lucas, Senior, indicated that he did not have sufficient time to prepare his closing arguments because of illness this week. In his closing arguments, Lucas entered a no-case submission on the premise that the […]

High Court Finds Rodman Welch Guilty of Shakeem Dennison Murder

The High Court has found thirty-seven-year-old Rodman Welch guilty of the 2020 murder of Shakeem Dennison. On October twelfth, 2020, Dennison was shot and killed at the Yarborough Bridge in Belize City. Welch, a father of four, was soon after arrested and charged for his murder. The case was brought before the High Court in […]

Prosecution Calls Three Witnesses Today In Selgado Trial

The abetment to commit murder trial of attorney, Oscar Selgado resumed today before High Court Judge, Nigel Pilgrim. Selgado arrived early and walked in the courtroom, as he normally does. The prosecution in his case called three witnesses today, including the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, and former Inspector of Police, Wilfredo Ferrufino. Ferrufino’s testimony […]

Selgado Abetment Trial To Resume Tuesday

The trial of Attorney, Oscar Selgado was scheduled to resume today before Justice Nigel Pilgrim, but it never got a chance to proceed beyond where it was adjourned on December nineteenth. This morning, there was a sexual assault case involving a minor that spilled over from last week that was given priority. The Selgado trial […]

Ivan Ayuso’s Case Adjourned

The case of a former employee of the Belize Sports Council was today adjourned before High Court Judge, Nigel Pilgrim. During the virtual session this morning, attorney Darrell Bradley, argued over the classification of charges that were brought against the defendant, Ivan Ayuso. The question of whether theft or money laundering was the right charge […]

Mahogany Heights Resident Busted for Drug Trafficking

A resident of Mahogany Heights is indebted to the court for four thousand, five hundred dollars after being charged for drug trafficking.  Twenty-year-old Emmanuel Thompson pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply when he appeared unrepresented before the magistrate’s court earlier today.  On Saturday, Thompson was caught red-handed in possession […]

Convicted Rapist Ignatius Williams Gets 8 Years in Prison

Thirty-year-old Ignatius Williams has been sentenced to eight years and three months at the Belize Central Prison after being convicted of the rape of a woman back in August 2019.  On Wednesday evening, Justice Candace Nanton delivered a sentence after Williams pleaded guilty to rape and sparing the victim from having to testify against him […]