After three days of trial, today Corozal resident, Javier Rivero, was found not guilty of assaulting and wounding former UDP Chairman Carlos Arana and Jorge Luis Que, both from the village of Consejo. The verdict was handed down after Rivero’s attorney, Marcel Cardona, filed for a case of no submission to the court.
Marcel Cardona – Attorney
“A no case submission was duly made to the court and it was duly accepted by the court that from the evidence presented so far by the Prosecution, the evidence was so inconsistent and the evidence was so tenuous in fact, against the defendant Mr. Jorge luis Rivero that is made absolutely so sense to proceed with the matter at this point in time so the court exercise its inherent right to strike out the matter and to declare Mr. Jorge Luis Rivero not guilty of both charges against him and that was the charge of wounding upon Mr. Carlos Arana and the separate case of common assault against Mr. Jorge Luis Que.”
The charges levied against Rivero were as a result of a confrontation which took place back on the 28th of June 2013. On that day, the previous members of the Consejo Village Council handed over the books to the newly elected Village Council.
Everything seemed to be going well until the subject of finances was brought up. This is when things got heated between Rodolfo Rivero, present vice treasurer of the Consejo Village Council and former vice chairman of the Village Council, Carlos Arana.
Arana fired a blow at Rivero, hitting him on the face. This led to further physical confrontation.
Arana filed an official police report against the newly elected Council and as a result police arrested and charged Javier Rivero, the son of Rodolfo Rivero, who was passing by where the meeting was taking place and noticed that his father was being attacked and intervened to stop the fight. The case was heard before Magistrate Hurl Hamilton.