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Youth killed in home of Joseph Budna in San Ignacio – sex a possible motive

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Posted: Monday, August 21, 2023. 5:50 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Freelance journalist Joseph Budna who has been charged and convicted before is once again in the eye of law enforcement after sustaining gunshot wounds at his residence in San Ignacio.

According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, Budna and another male of so far indeterminate age and identity were lying in bed apparently listening to music when gunfire was heard. Both were hit and the second individual died.

Budna claimed in an interview in the hospital that he had refused an offer of money from someone else for sexual favours and he believes that person targeted them in retaliation. But the Commissioner acknowledged that he is known to favour younger individuals, particularly males, and expressed that charges could be laid against him if his partner was under 16 years, the age of consent for sexual activity in Belize. (Curiously, however, activity between minors of those ages up to maturity at 18 would still constitute an offence.)

Budna was infamously convicted of kidnapping in Guatemala a decade ago but managed to escape prison and return to Belize, where he has been living since, working as a freelance reporter. He has also previously been accused of inappropriate sexual activity in Belize and at one point had an Interpol warrant for arrest for an incident in the United States on his head.

Concurrent with the investigation of the death in his home, the Commissioner said authorities would take a fresh look at Budna and determine whether he has been living under the law.

 

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