Yesterday at the northern session of the Supreme Court, high profiled inmates were brought to court for their proceedings. Viewers may recall the highly sensationalized case against inmate Mark Vega who was accused in 2002 along with two others of holding up at gun point Enrique Petkau and his wife Susana Petkau while they were travelling on the August Pine Ridge Road.
Enrique and Susana were shot and left for dead; the men then escaped in their victim’s van. Enrique survived the ordeal but his wife Susana unfortunately succumbed to her injuries. The men are alleged to have then continued their crime spree in Corozal Town that same day when they kidnapped Jacob Rancheran and a female friend. While Jacob Rancheran managed to escape, the woman was brutally gang raped and later released from her captors that same night.
The accused men also robbed Jasmine Restaurant in Orange Walk Town at gunpoint.
In April 2004, Justice Adolph Lucas found Mark Vega guilty of two counts of kidnapping, rape, and an unnatural crime for which he was sentenced to ten years for each kidnapping charge and thirteen years for each sexual assault charge. Vega’s accomplice, Luis “Gabi” Urbina, was also convicted of those same charges, and in addition to a sentence of thirteen years behind bars, another seven years were added for escaping from police custody in 2004. Luis Urbina was jointly charged with Vega for the murder, but was found not guilty in 2005. In 2005, Mark Vega’s murder trial ended in a deadlock and the D.P.P. vowed to re-file the charges which were done on May 17th 2005.
In the Supreme Court of Chief Justice Hurbert Lord yesterday, the case was adjourned and a trial date is set for September 30th, 2014. We’ll keep monitoring this story as it develops.
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