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  • Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - STAR - Tel:- 626-8822 & 626-3788 - Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com - Page 1

    No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 No. 164 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2008 Price $1.00

    BY: Lorena Rancharan, Head Teacher, Santa Elena Community Pre- School. SANTA ELENA TOWN, Cayo District, Monday, September 29, 2008: Whenever a community comes together the potential for great things is without limits. Such was the case this Saturday, September 27, when our pre-school building underwent a complete transformation emerging with a new paint job. We had been discussing this particular project for many years without much success. However, the topic reemerged during a parent/teacher meeting last week. We were discussing about raising funds for the project when a parent volunteered to take on the task without the need to raise funds. Within a few days the paint, rollers, trays and brushes were obtained; the community was brought together and today

    our school stands brightly painted in our school colors - creme and red. As the Head Teacher, Santa Elena Community Pre-School, I must publicly thank those persons who, on such short notice, made this project a reality as follows: a) Alberto & Nyani August from the

    SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Cayo, Friday, September 26, 2008: Another policeman is today on the wrong side of the law as he stands accused of committing the crimes of attempt rape and harm. It took all of 18 days after the initial report was lodged for the police to make the arrest. Notwithstanding however, San Ignacio police reports that on Thursday, September 25, Police Constable #1093 Cyril Casimiro, 29, was formally arrested and charged on allegations of an incident that took place on September 7,

    The report against PC Casimiro, who at the time was posed as the officer in charge of the Spanish Lookout substation, is that shortly after 10:00 a.m. September 7, he visited a bar, the home and workplace of the alleged victim, in the community of Duck Run I in the Cayo District where he allegedly told the victim that a report was lodged against her at his station and that she must accompany him to the substation. In the report to the police, the alleged victim informed that she had a misunderstanding with another

    female a few weeks earlier and was of the impression that it was the same report to which PC Casimiro was referring. She therefore boarded the police pickup truck driven by PC Casimiro but instead of taking her to the substation, she alleges that he took her to an unnamed street in the Span- ish Lookout community were he began fondling her private parts. She alleges that he pulled down his pants and in the process exposed his

    L-R: Santa Elena businessman, Rafael Marin from Modern Construck

    Company handing over 25 gallons of paint to teacher Lorena Rancharan

    along with community volunteer Desol Neal

    Police Constable #1093 Cyril Casimiro

    SANTA ELENA TOWN, Cayo, Wednesday, September 24, 2008: This week we record the death of two residents of Santa Elena Town, Cayo: Luis Apollo “Lou”August,

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    private parts to her. She reportedly began struggling with the semi-nude policemen. Just then his cellular telephone reportedly rang and while his attention was momentarily diverted in answering the telephone, she allegedly

    43, and Ms. Victoria “Vicky” Velasquez, 69. Luis “Lou” August was known to his childhood friends as “Calentura”

    Luis Apollo “Lou”August, SUNRISE: October 29, 1964

    SUNSET: September 21, 2008 Please Turn To Page 15

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    Victoria “Vicky” Velasquez, SUNRISE: December 23, 1938 SUNSET: September 22, 2008

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  • Page 2 - STAR - Tel:- 626-8822 & 626-3788 - Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com - Wednesday, October 1, 2008

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    It was with much interest that my attention was drawn to a letter to the Editor by former Director of Public Prosecutions, Attorney Luchman Sooknandan, appearing in the September 21st edition of The Guardian Newspaper. His opening sentence was: “Kindly publish this letter in your prestigious newspaper about my deep concern for the escalation of crime in Belize and some drastic steps that could be taken to assist in the alleviation of crime.” Then I said to myself: At long last, we are going to get it direct from the horse’s mouth. From none other than a man who has been in the belly of the beast. A trained attorney, a man who in his own words has “served quite some time working at the Director of Public Prosecutions Office and twice as Director of Public Prosecutions”. Imagine my disappointment when the author went into the same old song and dance. The same old tested and still failing efforts at addressing the nation’s crime problem as he delved into topics under headings like ADULT EDUCATION – EDUCATION – VOCATIONAL TRAINING - FEEDING PROGRAM – AGRICULTURE – and SPORTS all of which are ongoing projects while the nation’s crime situation keeps getting worse. The author indicated that he has served for three years, between 1969 and 1971 as a trained teacher. However, he has served 10 times that amount of years, for well over 30 years in the legal profession. One would have therefore thought that he would

    have offered suggestions, from a legal point of view “to assist in the alleviation of crime”. Quite frankly, I would have expected for an individual of his legal acumen to have recommended “some drastic steps” to plug all those legal loop holes by which the Office of Director of Prosecutions, under his watch “for quite some time” and even to date, continues to issue and increasing number of “nolle prosequi” whereby persons charged with serious crimes continue to walk free of all charges from Summary Jurisdiction and Supreme Court trials. I would have wanted for the former Director of Public Prosecutions, who “for quite some time” handled and gave legal advice on most major case files, to recommend corrective measures that can be taken when the system is confronted with a situation like the one that took place just this week in San Ignacio’s Magistrate Court: A man, charged for the serious crimes of attempt murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm, walked out of court a free man when the magistrate dismissed all charges on the grounds that after almost two years and a dozen adjournments, “THERE WAS NO CASE FILE”. It can only boil down to one of two things: Either that an innocent man was arrested, probably for statistical purposes, and subsequently the police did not even bother to prepare a case file but instead made him languish in jail for almost 2 years since he was arrested in December 2006. Or on the other hand, the system is so flawed that by dereliction of duty or maybe even through outright corrupt means, an individual, who attempted to take the life of another human being like countless others, walked free of all charges without even as much as facing an actual trial. I would have wanted, for example, for the former Director of Public Prosecutions to have come up with recommendations on a mechanism that could be implemented to minimize if not totally eliminate the words “NO CASE FILE” in large numbers of cases via monthly written reports reaching the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution from the various prosecutors in all towns and

    cities across this nation. I would have wanted for example for the former Director of Public Prosecutions to recommend measures that can the taken to curtail the mockery of the legal system whereby magistrates are legally restricted from offering bail to accused persons for certain crimes while lawyers can turn around and secure bail for those same individuals by way of an application to the Supreme Court. None of us expect lawyers to buck this obvious mockery of the system as it opens up another income stream for them. I would have liked for the former Director of Public Prosecutions to recommend a system by which the tracking of the payment of court fines could be efficiently organized to ensure that those who commit crimes pay the fine and that those who fail to meet that commitment are rigorously pursued until every single dime is paid.

    I would have liked for the former Director of Public Prosecution to have come up with suggestions whereby victims of crimes would be compensated for the losses they incur resulting from the criminal behavior of others instead of fines going to the government coffers with no