AARON HUMES Reporting: Chetumal student 23 year old Zurisaday Villasenor Mendez was due back in court this morning for the continuation of his trial on firearms and ammunition charges but failed to appear.
In October 2012 he was busted at the Las Vegas Casino and Hotel but his case, initially heard in Corozal, was transferred to Belize City after alleged threats to presiding Magistrate Narda Morgan.
Attorneys Ellis Arnold SC and Arthur Saldivar challenged Morgan’s hearing of the case in the Supreme Court alleging that she is out of jurisdiction, having been assigned to San Ignacio court.
The Supreme Court recently turned down that motion and it was scheduled to be appealed.
In court this morning a bench warrant was issued for Mendez’s arrest. Mendez is out on bail of $75,000 granted by Justice Troadio Gonzalez on February 7, but he had had to surrender his travel documents to authorities as condition for his bail.
The matter is adjourned.
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The Rotary Club of Belize, Sunrise, in conjunction with Body 2000 is hosting a Track and Field Meet this coming Saturday in Belize City.
The event is scheduled to start at 8:30 am at the Marion Jones Sport Complex on Princess Margaret Drive and will include Sprints, Long Distance runs, Long and Triple Jumps and Shot Put Throws.
Organizers say that small cash prizes will be offered to first place winners in the Junior and Senior categories.
Persons interested in taking part in the Saturday's Track and Field Meet are asked to contact Kandice Laurian Morrison at telephone number 620-5049 or via Facebook.
Athletes from outside of Belize City who wish to take part in the event area also asked to contact Kandice to make arrangements for transportation.
A bus is scheduled to travel from Dangriga to Belize City for those wishing to attend and take part in the Track and Field Meet.
The sixth annual Organic Fair, organized by Sustainable Harvest International, takes place this Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 in Punta Gorda town.
On Friday from 8 am to 11 am there will be an Organic Forum at the PG Multi-Purpose building.
Friday afternoon between 2 pm and 4 pm there will be visits to organic farms.
Then on Saturday, there will be display and information booths at the PG Central Park where the general public can come out to learn more about Organic Farming.
See you there.