Gabourel to Be Tried for Gordon’s Murder

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Updated: April 26, 2017

Twenty-two year old Austin Gabourel, charged with the murder of 29 year old Leon Gordon, has been committed to stand trial in the June session of the Supreme Court. Gabourel’s case was committed to the Supreme Court when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith and agreed to paper committal. When asked if he has any alibi witness he wished to call, Gabourel said he has two and he gave their christian names. He said he cannot remember their surnames. Gordon, who resided at Caye Caulker, was fatally stabbed with a broken pint bottle around 8 p.m. on April 17, 2016. The incident occurred at Sip and Dip Bar in Caye Caulker. According to reports, Gordon was stabbed when he attempted to stop a fight between Gabourel and Jersey Rhaburn, the owner of the bar. Rhaburn and Gabourel began to fight when Rhaburrn tried to throw Gabourel out of the bar for acting disorderly. During the struggle, Gabourel received a large cut wound to his face. Gordon was rushed from the island’s clinic to KHMH where he was operated on twice. He died the following day during the second surgery. Gabourel was not represented in court by an attorney.