Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020. 1:32 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Almost six years after the fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of 54-year-old Succotz resident, Yolanda Valencia, former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Miguel Segura, the man charged for the incident was acquited of those charges.
Today a Supreme Court Judge accepted a no-case submission from Segura’s attorney after key witnesses in the trial failed to show up to court. The judge directed the jury to acquit Segura of 1 count of manslaughter by negligence with respect to Valencia, and 1 count of negligent grievous harm with respect to Yani Ku, the taximan whosevehicle Segura had hit.
Police officers testified in court that they had served the witnesses with the court summons documents but that on three separate occasions there were some procedural errors with the serving of those documents, including officers serving the wrong person and serving documents to a person without checking their ID to verify the recipient.
Segura was involved in the accident back in August of 2014; however, he was not criminally charged for the incident until 2015. Following the incident, Valencia’s mother, Yolanda Valencia, filed a civil claim
in the Supreme Court and settled with the Government of Belize for $78,000.
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