Three of the four men who were accused of the broad-daylight armed robbery of Rapidito Loans, located on Fourth Avenue, Corozal Town, were arraigned today at the Orange Walk Magistrates court, before Magistrate Albert Hoare. Twenty year old Maliek Michael Humes, construction worker of Barkley Street, Belize City, 20 year old Alton Garcia, construction worker of Wagner Lane Belize City and 33 year old Erwin Castillo, Taxi Driver of a Corozal address were each read a single charge of conspiracy to commit robbery following Thursday’s mid-morning hold up. While all men pled not guilty to the charge, lead Prosecutor for the Corozal District Florentino Salam, argued that due to the severity of the offence and the compelling evidence presented against the accused, bail should be denied.
Following the prosecution’s presentation, all men were remanded to the Central Prison until their next court appearance scheduled for December 21st 2016.
Kareem Heusner, the fourth individual accused in the robbery attempt remains in a critical condition at the KHMH, and is expected to be charged upon his release from the hospital. It is important to note that the conspiracy to attempted robbery charge carries the same sentencing as the actual act.
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