Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2023. 11:00 am CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: The prosecution has closed its case against San Pedro Water Jets Express and boat captain Ernest Delgado, who have been charged for the deaths of two female minors during an explosion in 2019.
The case continued on Wednesday before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser, where the prosecution called its final witness, Marine Casualty Investigator for the Belize Port Authority Kaylon Young.
The trial has been underway since 2022, and the prosecution’s two major witnesses have been the mother of the deceased eight and 10-year-old girls, as well as an American tourist who was injured in the blast.
The court will hear defenses on Monday, March 20. Delgado is unrepresented, while the company is being defended by attorney Mark Williams.
On May 5, 2019, Rosa Catch and her two daughters, Kimberly Guy, 8, Yamri Guy, 10, boarded a boat bound for Caye Caulker. Catch testified that between five and 10 minutes after the captain started up the boat she heard a loud noise and was knocked to the floor. Catch said she got up and went to the back of the boat where she found Kimberly; however, Yamri had been flung away by the explosion.
She went on to say that Kimberly died on the scene while Yamri was taken via police mobile to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and died while undergoing treatment.
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