Keyren Tzib hit with manslaughter charge

She was accused of attempted murder in April and today faces charges of manslaughter in relation to her partner’s death. Coast Guard officer Keyren Tzib, 27, was immediately taken in by police on Saturday afternoon after allegedly stabbing her common-law husband, 30 year old Thytis James Blancaneaux, also known as “Black,” of the Spanish Town section of Lord’s Bank, Belize District. An eyewitness to the incident told reporters that the man was aggressing Tzib as they argued over domestic issues. The couple’s landlord, Max Tejada, details what he saw.

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“What happened is that they start arguing and out of that arguing her husband who is Blancaneaux, jumped up and hit Tzib somewhere around her ear corner and then they got in here and came out from here and then Blancaneaux went over that side and got a piece of bamboo and start hitting Tzib with this bamboo, breaking the bamboo on her. Then they cooled off for a while and then I myself intervene and another female intervene. So then he attacked Tzib again ‘girl, I will do you something’ or something like that he told her and when he went to attack her, apparently Tzib had the knife in her hand and just bend and stick him with the knife right here (in his shoulder) and he walked away from over there and came here where I am and fell down here. He said to me ‘Max, call the police.’ And that was it.”

 

According to Tejada, Tzib had said she wanted Blancaneaux to be more responsible in their relationship, which enraged Blancaneaux. Tejada said he was surprised by what transpired on that day in particular. He confirmed that the couple had had a history of arguments for the six months they had rented the property in “Spanish Town” from his son. She was on half pay from her job, suspended while facing attempted murder charges for shooting colleague Kurt Hyde aboard a returning vessel near headquarters on Easter Monday. Tzib was out on bail for that incident. At today’s police briefing, officer commanding Eastern Rural Division, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, said he believed the incident could have been prevented had those on the scene with the arguing couple called police earlier or tried their best to prevent it from escalating. It was also noted that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions indicated that the evidence collected by police thus far was not enough to charge Tzib for murder, and as of the time of the briefing, police were still going over the evidence trying to establish a possible charge.

 

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“This is clear indication where this could have been prevented if we had people who had seen what was taken place, say something and would have been able to stop this from happening. Hence the reason why we are campaigning on this slogan ‘If you see something, you say something, you may just stop something.'”

Reporter

“Will Mrs. be charged for any offence?”

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster 

“At this time we are looking at the facts and determining whether or not she will charged or not.”

 Reporter

” Have you consult with the DPP on this matter?”

 Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster
“Yes we did.”

 

O.C. of Crime Investigation Branch Supt. Hilberto Romero confirmed the details of the incident.

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“The case was sent to the DPP; the statements and she has indicated that Tzib is not to be charged for murder. So we are reviweing the file. By the end of the day we will determine if any charges will be levied on her.”

Reporter

“Could you explain to us her demeaned when you arrived on the  scene?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Information that we gathered is that at the time they were consuming alcohol and there were like about 4 persons that were in the area when this stabbing occurred.”

Reporter
“Have you been able to establish what lead to the stabbing sir? Was there some sort of argument?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero
“They had a domestic dispute. They had some argument. They had a fight between both of them; they had a struggle that lead to Tzib stabbing him to the shoulder.”

Manslaughter is a bailable offence and the terms of Supreme Court Justice Herbert Lord’s granting of bail in April did not specify that Tzib was not to be arrested for any other offence while out on bail; in fact, the judge’s report on her psychiatric condition indicated that Tzib was not considered a danger to herself or anyone else. Whether that now changes remains to be seen.

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