Brother charged for brother’s manslaughter death

They were two brothers who lived together in a house on Guerrero Street in Belize City, but one allegedly pushed the other to his death during a fight. Today, 42 year old Michael Rowland, a laborer from Sandhill village, was read charges of manslaughter before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. Rowland lived upstairs of the Guerrero Street residence and his alleged victim, 61 year old Lester Yorke, lived downstairs. On February 7, 2014, they had a misunderstanding which led to a fight and, police allege, Rowland pushed the older man, causing an injury. Yorke’s body was later found in a concrete vat in the yard after Rowland made a missing persons report on February 17, ten days after the fight. Police had been trying to locate Rowland without success until they nabbed him over the weekend. He was offered bail of $3,000, one thousand to be paid in cash, and the case was adjourned until June 30.

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