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NEWS FROM THE COURTS

 

In news from the courts, 25-year-old Anthony Carballo Jr., a resident of 59 Tigris Street in Belize City appeared unrepresented in San Pedro Magistrate Court before Magistrate Deborah Rogers this morning. Carballo was charged with two counts of murder for the Thursday, March 21, 2019 murder of Deon Faber and Allen Martinez. Due to the nature of the offenses, Carballo Jr., was denied bail and remanded to prison until July 3, 2019 where he will appear again in Court. Police are seeking two other persons in relation to the double murder. This is the second time Carballo was charged with murder. Carballo Jr., was accused of the May 17, 2012 murder of Jermaine Ellis McNab who was gunned down during an alleged robbery at his workplace located at the corner of Cemetery Road and Curassow Street.

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Yesterday, 23-year-old Elwin Pollard, 24-year-old Aaron Flowers,  and 25-year-old Kendalle Green were acquitted of the offense of kept firearm and ammunitions without a gun license.  The prosecution case is that the three men along with Clive Smith, now deceased, were found with a .38 pistol and  5 live rounds of ammunition inside a taxi on May 3, 2017. The gun was found hidden under the driver’s seat. At their initial arraignment, the four men pleaded not guilty. The gun and ammunition case ended in their acquittal when the prosecution who is responsible to discharge the burden of proof could not prove that the accused persons knew the gun was present in the van. Without that being established, Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford freed the men.  The case of the three men ended in a similar fashion to a recent gun case in which coincidentally, Aaron Flowers, along with 5 others, Collet Morter, Harry Montero, Gilroy Thompson, Kenroy Vanzie and Dorian Blair were also acquitted of kept firearm and ammunition.  They were busted inside a taxi van where a gun was also found. The six men were all acquitted on March 15, 2019 before Magistrate Emmerson Banner. In that case, the prosecution could not prove that the men had knowledge and possession of the gun in question.

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22-year-old Daniel Pou,  a welder of San Marcus Village in the Toledo District, appeared unrepresented in the Magistrate Court when he was charged for robbery. Pou pleaded not guilty. On Saturday March 23,  25-year-old Estephany Ramirez, an employee and cashier at Zemar’s Bakery located on East Collet Canal reported that at around 2:00 p.m., she was mopping the floor at work when two men entered. One of them men lifted up his shirt and showed her what appeared to be a gun. Fearing for her life, she showed him the cash pan where he took $50, thereafter, both men escaped.  Police later apprehended Pou. He was denied bail and remanded into custody until May 15, 2019.

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