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Estate of Lebanon’s Honorary Consul General Invaded Again

Almost ten years ago, the home of the Honorary Consul General of Lebanon, located on the Bermudian Landing Road just outside of Burrell Boom Village in the Belize District, was invaded by armed robbers.  Tonight, it is like history repeating itself only that this time there were eight armed men who invaded the estate between the hours of 8pm and 3am this morning.  The home owner, 77-year-old, Sarkis Abou-Nehra was out of the country at the time of the incident.  According to reports from the police in Ladyville, the incident is dubbed an aggravated burglary and involved eight men of dark complexion who held up the caretaker of the estate, tied him up and began searching the residence.    The search by the robbers led them to ten thousand dollars in local currency and one thousand five hundred dollars in US currency as well as several firearms including two 9-mm pistols, one 12-gauge shotgun, one point twenty two rifle and an assortment of jewelry.  As if the invasion was not traumatic enough, the caretaker’s spouse was sexually assaulted.  The men made their escape in a silver Mercedes Benz with diplomatic plates which was later found abandoned on Saint Joseph Street in Belize City.  As we mentioned earlier, it was almost ten years ago, December 6, 2005 when this very same house was invaded by four armed men.  That had turned out to be a failed robbery attempt but had left Sarkis Abou-Nehra injured on his right hand.  In that incident police had charged three men, namely, Aniver Palacio, Kenrick Reneau and Egbert Vernon.  Police in Ladyville are investigating this latest incident.