Trio Goes to Court Surrounding High Seas Robbery at Middle Caye

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Updated: January 19, 2016

In yesterday’s media brief with the Police Commissioner Allen Whylie, the incident surrounding the robbery of persons aboard a visiting vessel anchored in Belizean waters on January 13, was addressed.  Tonight we can report that there has been a breakthrough in that case and three persons have been arraigned, including a parent, before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza.  22-year-old, Bradwick Lino was found with black binoculars taken during the robbery while Florita Pineda and her son, 20-year-old, Jason Cortez were found with three hard drives also taken from the vessel in the robbery.  Magistrate Mendoza sentenced Lino to three months in prison and granted Pineda and Cortez bail of one thousand five hundred dollars each on the conditions that Pineda reports to the Mahogany Precinct on Mondays while Cortez was ordered to report to the station on Mondays and Fridays.  The duo is also to avoid other criminal activities.  According to John Picard, he was aboard the vessel with some friends when they were awoken at around 10pm by the robbers.  Pineda and Cortez are to reappear in court on March 16, 2016.