Monday, October 18, 2010

Legal fraternity in Belize and Guyana Shocked by Murder of Attorney and Wife

    BELIZE CITY, Belize - A prominent Belizean attorney and his wife were brutally stabbed to death shortly before midnight on Saturday as they were about to enter their home in the suburb of Belize City, after attending a function.
    Richard Stuart, who studied in Guyana and referred to himself as an honorary Guyanese, was very popular in the legal fraternity and the business community. He was stabbed several times and his wife suffered the same fate. The couple has four small children, the youngest only three months old. The motive is not yet officially known, but it is believed to be robbery.
    The news of the murders reached Guyana within hours and Calvin Eversley, Head of the Department of Law at the University of Guyana, expressed shock at the death of Stuart, who was among the first batch of Belizeans to have completed the law degree at UG.
    An attorney in Guyana, Cino Persaud, a close friend of Stuart, told Demerara Waves, "A lot of Belizeans came here on his recommendation and he used to tell them that the University of Guyana law program is of a high quality and the country is a wonderful place. Richard had so much believed in Guyana and the law program and he set the ground work for many Belizeans to come here."
    Labor Minister Mansoor Nadir, who was closely associated with Stuart in the Caribbean youth movement several decades ago, also expressed sadness at the death of Stewart, who had continued to visit Guyana.
    He was a devout Anglican and was in Guyana in December last year for the ordination of Anglican Bishop Cornell Jerome Moss. He served as vice president of the Bar Association of Belize and studied political science in Canada. (by Global News Staff, Caribbean News Now)

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