Police lay murder charges in death of ex-Mayor’s brother






41 year old fisherman James “Fada” Rhaburn faces murder charges two weeks after the death of 50 year old Michael “Spam” Ysaguirre, a fish cleaner, on June 28.  MichaelYsaguirre is the brother of former Mayor of Belize City Zenaida Moya. Between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. on June 26 near the Conch Shell Bay Fish Market off Vernon Street, the two got into an altercation when Mr Ysaguirre went to ask Mr Rhaburn for a job.  James Rhaburn is alleged to have struck Michael Ysaguirre at least four times in the chest with a hook stick of the type used to catch fish, with a vlcsnap-2014-07-12-06h54m16s170fiberglass spike puncturing the chest near the heart. Mr Ysaguirre went home but two days later while back out at the fish market, he collapsed and was immediately taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police initially treated the case as sudden death but a post-mortem examination by Dr. Mario Estradabran confirmed that Michael Ysaguirre died as a result of cardiogenic shock due to cardiac tamponade syndrome as a consequence of heart injury due to chest trauma. The strike, in other words, punctured the heart’s enclosure and caused fluid to build up to a point of pressure which caused the heart muscle to give out. James Rhaburn was read his charges before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, accompanied by attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley. No plea was taken and the case was adjourned to September 15. According to Zenaida Moya, Michael Ysaguirre was a jovial person who loved the sea. Their mother had been taking care of him at home but it was not clear if he had gone to seek treatment at the hospital prior to his passing.

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