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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2022. 11:07 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The two men charged for the murder of 74-year-old British National Richard Foster were acquitted in the Belmopan Supreme Court this week.

The trial wihout jury of 35-year-old Andrew Clarke and 26-year-old Edmond Pascacio before Justice Francis Cumberbatch came to an end on Wednesday after Justice Cumberbatch said there wasn’t enough evidence to connect the accused to the murder.

The prosecution had relied primarily on the testimony of Benyahti Brandon, who was initially charged with the accused, but later turned a Crown witness. Justice Cumberbatch ruled that, as an accomplice to the crime, Brandon’s testimony was not credible, also noting that the testimony was riddled with inconsistencies.

He also noted that the prosecution did not have any forensic evidence to support the case against the accused despite having the opportunity to do so. Clothing from the accused and blood samples were taken for analysis during the investigation; however, the prosecution did not tender the results of any of these analyses as evidence. With that, the men were free to go.

Foster was brutally murdered during a burglary at his home in the Rivera Area of Belmopan in August 2018. Clarke, Brandon, Pascacio and a fourth man, Deerwin Jones were all initially arrested for the incident, but police say investigations revealed that Jones participated in the burglary only and not the murder, so the murder charge against Jones was withdrawn.

 

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