Espinosa Convicted of 2007 Manslaughter

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Updated: June 4, 2015

25-year-old Krismar Espinosa was found guilty of manslaughter yesterday in the Supreme Court following an incident in 2007 that claimed the life of a young girl from Punta Gorda.  On September 16, 2007, former Police officer, Julius Cantun led the investigation into the brutal murder of a young Rachel Cicelly Chun of a Punta Gorda address.  Investigations conducted had led to the arrest of Espinosa who has been on remand at the Belize Central Prison since then.  Love News understands that there were several factors that led to Espinosa being charged with Chun’s murder including the fact that he was the last person to be seen with her before she turned up missing.  While Espinosa had not confessed to the incident, he did hand himself in to police in the company of his attorney although it was not to confess but rather to be questioned as part of the investigation.  Chun’s body was found in the nude in the Pasadita Area in Orange Walk Town.  Her head and face had been smashed in with what investigators believed was done with a blunt object.  Chun had relocated to Orange Walk from Punta Gorda where she had found employment at a bar establishment.  While the case of Chun’s murder was wrapped up yesterday with Espinosa being found guilty of manslaughter, there is still a case of murder that Espinosa is facing as in December 2009, a fellow inmate, Keon Swasey of the Belize Central Prison was stabbed to death and Espinosa was subsequently charged for that incident.  Espinosa stood trial for Swasey’s murder and was initially acquitted in the courtroom of Justice John Gonzalez on November 26, 2011 …. But upon the appeal of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Court of Appeals ordered a retrial in June 2014 which is still pending before the courts.