Crime — 04 April 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Less than 2 weeks ago, Bennett was acquitted of murder

Less than two weeks after Corwin Bennett, 23, accused of murdering Raymond “Killa” Gentle, the reputed leader of the Kraal Road Gang, was acquitted of the murder charge and was released by the Belize City Supreme Court on March 7, he was taken back to court on robbery charges.

Bennett, of Belize City, has been released on a bail of $5,000 and a surety of the same amount and was ordered to return to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court on May 27. He was also ordered to report to the Queen Street Police Station three times per week until he is returned to court.

Police contend that Bennett was the mastermind behind the robbery of a couple that occurred on March 17 in Corozal Town.

His alleged accomplices, Samir Vivas, Josmer Monima and Keith Bennett, all of Corozal, were taken to court, along with Bennett, on Friday, and the three men were remanded to the Belize Central Prison until June 24.

The robbery victims, Marialena Gilharry and Adolfo Medina, told police that they were walking in Corozal Town when two armed, masked men rode up on bicycles and stopped near them. One of the men took out a knife and told the couple to hand over their belongings.

A gold chain was ripped off Gilharry’s neck, and fearing for her life, Gilharry handed over her jewelry, cellphone and purse, which contained her personal documents, and three gold rings.

Her boyfriend was then robbed of his cellphone, and the men rode away. The police’s investigation into the brazen robbery led to the arrest of the men.

According to police, further investigation into the robbery led to the arrest of a girl, 16, and a woman, 26. They were charged with handling stolen goods, and taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court, also today. Police said that the girl, a minor, was released on a bail of $1,500 and a surety of the same amount, while the woman, Elba Gomez, was released on a bail of $3,000 and a surety of the same amount.

Both of them were ordered to return to the court on May 22.

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