Elvis “Rebel” Olivera was handed a two-year jail sentence on Wednesday by Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith, who found him guilty of the robbery of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) employee Kerwin Humes on March 20, 2014.
According to Mr Humes, an assistant installer, he was headed home on bicycle that night around 8:30 from a friend’s home, when a man he identified as Elvis Olivera, a former basketball teammate, rode up beside him on Regent Street, Belize City, next to the House of Culture, grabbed him from behind and threw him off his bicycle and then began to punch him in the face as he lay on the ground. Kerwin Humes said Elvis Olivera then took his Samsung Galaxy cellular phone from the top pocket of his shirt, and rode away contrary to traffic. Mr Humes positively identified Elvis Olivera as the person who robbed him.
A police constable who was at the House of Culture, responded to the scene and testified in court that when he arrived he saw Elvis Olivera standing over Kerwin Humes and then riding away.
A police sergeant testified that he retrieved the cell phone from Elvis Olivera 3 days later, and he took Olivera into custody and charged him.
Elvis Olivera testified and denied that he committed the offence. He said that he went to play basketball on Pen Road, and after that he went home, took a shower, and went to his girlfriend’s house.