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Vinnie Garbutt (Charged with murder)

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014. 3:38 pm CST.

Kayla Burgess (Deceased)

PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: The family of an 18 year old woman from San Ignacio has put out a statement to the pubic regarding the case of the murder of 24 year old Kayla Burgess.

The family of Faith Deuck has retained the services of attorney at law Audrey Matura Shepherd and in the media statement today stated that Dueck “is as much a victim of the accused 21 year old Vince “Vinnie” Garbutt.”

Media Statement (Dueck Family)

The one-page statement goes on to explain that Dueck had recently started to share a house in the Kontiki area and that she met Kayla Burgess through Garbutt “who introduced Kayla as a friend and with whom she had socialized before in the company of Vinnie.”

The Dueck family statement goes on to say that:

“To faith, it was not unusual to see Vinnie with Kayla’s vehicle nor to learn that he dropped off Kayla or picked her up somewhere or even had to take the vehicle for Kayla somewhere, thus seeing him with the vehicle that Thursday did not send off any alarm bells to her.  It would not even have been unusual for Vinnie and Kayla to hook up and make plans unknown to her or for Kayla to even visit him.  It was not until police visited Faith at her workplace Thursday night that she learnt that Kayla was dead, which was devastating news in itself and worst yet when she learnt that Vinnie admitted to being responsible for her death and recalling that earlier he had been in possession of Kayla’s gold Kia.”

Faith Dueck, in the statement issued through her attorney, “offers her sincerest condolences to the family of Kayla Burgess.”

“This has been a very trying time for Faith as well, as she mourns the death of Kayla whom she had come to know as one of Vinnie’s many female friends,” the statement reads.

Vinnie Garbutt (Charged with murder)

The media statement ends by saying that Faith Dueck has already given a statement to the police about what she knew of the events of last Thursday “and maintains she had not known Kayla had been killed and that she has nothing to do with Kayla’s death.”

The teenage woman says that “she is in pain knowing that her roommate, whom she also trusted could have done such horrible act to Kayla, a friend, like her.”

The Dueck family attorney says that they have requested their privacy, saying that neither Faith nor anyone one else from the family will be granting media interviews.

As we reported previously, Kayla Burgess, a resident of Independence village, Stann Creek district was found dead inside her vehicle that was parked near to a bar on the Santa Familia Road in Bullet Tree Falls village, Cayo on Thursday afternoon.

The official police report said that when authorities found Burgess’ body, she was “lying face up on the extreme rear of the vehicle with a plastic bag over her face and a white plastic strapped around her neck.”

The official police report further stated that a 21 year old man from the Kontiki area of San Ignacio town has reportedly confessed to strangling Burgess.

Today, the Police Press Office sent out a photograph of Garbutt, noting that he has been charged for the murder of Kayla Burgess.

The report from police says that Burgess was killed at Garbutt’s San Ignacio home and then her body was taken to Bullet Tree Falls village and left in her vehicle.

Garbutt, according to police reports, was observed with “scratches on the left shoulder, left side of chest, back, left side of face, neck ad right forearm.”

Police say that a search of Garbutt’s vehicle lef to the discovery of the keys to Burgess’ Kia Sorento.



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  1. Hatari says:

    Unfortunately,the odds are that he will walk because you know that the police will screw up the evidence and confession.

  2. ReadDeal says:

    Man confess there’s no way he will walk. I know his mom is a respected judge in the U.S But if he does walk then something is certainly wrong. Justice for all… he beta no drop d soap jajaja

  3. I am so sadden to see the that these good for nothing Belizean men a re taking innocent lives harming up our Belizean women and our youths, also,its a pitty that Kayla “S youthful life was taken from,her so sudden , i pray this jerk rots in hell and that he faces the pain he caused this family . I for one want justice served for the Burgess family. Come My people lets fight and stop youthful violence , fi country is loved so much and we di bring it down with all these crimes, it no mek no sence fi di do that.I plead to our government hang these good for nothing killer and sho that we still have say as the Belizean people.I shear my heart felt sympathies to the parents of Kayla Burgess.

  4. Tina says:

    It is very strange that the police immediately exonerated Ms. Deuck from facing any criminal charges being levied against her. It is wrong that the police repeatedly take the law into its own hands without conducting a proper investigation of the crime. The justice system in Belize is a joke and an embarrassment as or neighbouring countries tune in to details of the crime committed and that there is hardly any repercussion to deal with. Belizeans need to take a stand, let their voices be heard and fight for justice for those young women/men whose lives are being taken from them cruelly. Belize is a small country. We should not be afraid of any intimidation by either the police or the politicians. Condolence to the Burgess and Dyer Families and to everyone who has endures pain and hurt due to violence in Belize.

  5. unknown says:

    He was popular at bellflower high school …

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