A man well known to the law in the Corozal District is tonight serving time at the Belize Central Prison while his partner in crime is considered a wanted person by authorities but was sentenced in absentia. We are talking about 37 year old Roberto Hill and 27 year old Edwin Bardalez who were jointly sentenced to ten years imprisonment this afternoon at the Corozal Magistrates when their case concluded and Magistrate Hurl Hamilton passed sentencing after they were found guilty of robbery.
On the night of July 9th 2013 Gregorio Monteroso a taxi driver from the Corozal District, reported to police that he was robbed at gun point by 36 year old Robert Hill, Belizean mechanic of Alta Mira, Corozal Town and Edwin Caliz Bardalez, 26 year old Belizean construction worker of #17 Banak Street, Belize City.
Both men are said to have travelled to Orange Walk in Monteroso’s vehicle which ran out of gas on Queen Victoria Avenue in front of the Barracks in Orange Walk. At that time a group of police officers were carrying out their physical exercise. As Hill and Bardalez pushed the vehicle, one of the officers identified it as stolen. When he approached the duo, one of the men pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the officer. No shot were fired but both men escaped.
Shortly after, they were apprehended and charged for robbery and wounding. Their trial began a week ago and six witnesses took the stand.
Of note is that Edwin Bardalez was already convicted to 3 years imprisonment in the Orange Walk Magistrate court for aggravated assault upon PC Alvin Castillo attached to the Orange Walk Police Station. He was a no show in court at the time so he was also charged in absentia.
The public's assistance is requested in locating Bardalez who is considered dangerous.
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