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Russel Casimero released on probation #529680
04/04/18 05:58 AM
04/04/18 05:58 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

After assaulting his ex-girlfriend

A day after San Pedro Police formally arrested and charged 40-year-old Russel Casimero for Wounding, following the beating of his 30-year-old American ex-girlfriend. Casimero was fined $1,000 on Tuesday, April 3rd and released. After pleading guilty at the San Pedro Magistrate Court, Casimero was placed on probation and given until July to pay the fine. While the woman, who works as a manager at a local beach bar, was granted a three-month restraining order.

The incident took place just after midnight on Monday, April 2nd and was first made public via a Facebook post with images and details of the attack. The post immediately went viral and the business community was encouraged to share it hoping that it will lead to Carimero’s arrest. According to the Facebook post, Casimero broke into the woman’s apartment while she was asleep and savagely beat her, badly damaging one of her eyes.

Many residents on the island are shocked at the outcome of the case in which a woman’s home is broken into and is severely abused, but the culprit walks free via a minimal fine. Island residents are clamoring for better laws and believe that individuals like Casimero should be severely punished.

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Re: Russel Casimero released on probation [Re: Marty] #529723
04/06/18 05:46 AM
04/06/18 05:46 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

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.

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