Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014. 8:55 pm CST.
Friday, June 6, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Five employees of Yohnny Rosado’s business, Cavetubing.com, have been formally charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm in connection with last Thursday’s brutal attack on 23 year old rival tour guide Vitalino Reyes, Jr., who continues to recover from severe head trauma sustained from being hit in the head with a pint bottle and kicked.
The court in Belize City closes half an hour earlier on Fridays and as of closing time the men had not been brought to court to be read their charges.
It is expected, according to our court sources, that they would be granted what is known as “station bail,” and released to appear on court on Monday.
Audrey Matura-Shepherd has taken up their defense and says they will defend their names as they all maintain that they had no contact with either Reyes, Jr., or Yoney Vega, the first to allege that Rosado’s employees had attacked them.
But Matura-Shepherd made a disturbing claim in speaking with reporters today, that police at the Queen Street Police Station allegedly went back on their word and deliberately ordered an identification parade with the accused to be conducted.
She says she was told by the officer on duty she spoke to that there would be no identification parade, and one was held as soon as her back was turned.
As the men’s attorney, Matura-Shepherd says she is very interested in finding out who is behind the police’s change of heart. As previously reported the workers had voluntarily gone in to make statements stating that they had not been involved and police who went to the scene had not at that time taken anyone from Rosado’s group in.
The sudden change leaves Matura-Shepherd very worried as there is nothing officially on the plate to say who is making the accusations and how they have only now just come forward.
The fate of Rosado himself hangs in the balance.
Officially, police say they have no interest in him. But this week’s turn of events proves that anything is possible and Matura Shepherd says she will not take the police at their word regarding charges for the controversially outspoken businessman.
The men will be brought to court.
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