PM’s Wife Critical of Island Cops
On Tuesday night we told you about San Pedro resident 30 year old Carrie Tripodi who was beaten by her ex boyfriend 40 year old Russel Casimero. He pleaded guilty and was released with a fine and probation. Now, cases of domestic abuse in Belize are widespread and appalling in their numbers - but most victims stay away from the limelight - but in this case, her story has been raging on facebook, and picking up social steam.
Today that drew some strong words for police from the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Barrow.
A release sent from her office blames police for losing the medico legal report explaining the extent of Tripodi’s injury - denying the magistrate was not granted a fair opportunity to asses the extent of the damage Casimiro caused.
The second concern is there was the fact that there is no burglary charge against Casimiro - who allegedly broke into his ex’s home. Police say there are no signs of burglary - and they say she let him into the home - where they had a fight over a phone call from his wife in Sweden.
The Envoy also notes that Casimiro is a domestic violence offender and has served time in prison for domestic abuse. Mrs. Barrow believes all this information should have been taken into consideration.
The Special Envoy is calling on relevant authorities to review the management of the case and is also wants an appeal of Casimiro’s fine and probation.