Screen_Shot_2016-04-19_at_8.04.04_PMAs we mentioned in yesterday’s newscast, a decision was handed down in the case against Denny Grijalva, his wife Maria who were representing De mar’s Stone Company and Javier Nunez, the foreman of the company who were charged with willfully damaging an ancient monument, removing earth from an ancient monument and causing destruction of an ancient monument respectively back in June of 2013. At that time Grijalva's company was accused of using the material of the historical Mayan Site, Noh Mul fix roads in the Orange Walk North constituency. All three individuals were found guilty of the charges at the Corozal Magistrates Court by Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith.

Attorney for the Grijalva’s and Nunez, Brian Neal, spoke today with our colleagues at Seven News and according to him, the decision taken by the court came as quite a surprise and the next step to be taken by his clients will more than likely be to appeal the decision as he believes the wrong persons were accused of destroying the Maya Site.

Brian Neal – Attorney at Law for Grijalva and Nunez

“I am examining the judgment today and I was to meet with my client today to examine and to see based on the sentenced that will be passed on Thursday what he wants to do.”


“How can someone separate himself from what his company does when his equipment deems to be there so your equipment which you owned, your company is involved, it is unbelievable for somebody to suggest that he had no knowledge that his equipment was being used for the Noh Mul?”

Brian Neal – Attorney at Law for Grijalva and Nunez

“If a BTL driver and a BTL truck run over somebody at Freetown they won’t arrest Anwar Barrow and the other directors but they will arrest the driver.”

Sentencing for the case has been reserved for Thursday April 21st at the Belize City Magistrates Court where the defendants can be sentenced to a fine of up to ten thousand dollars or one year imprisonment or both.

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