On Monday, police officially charged 30-year-old Andy Joshua Bustillos for the shocking double murder of two women inside a Beauty Salon in Santa Elena on May 3rd. Bustillos, a security guard of Bradley’s Bank, was charged with two counts of Murder. Miriam Mai and Daisy Miranda were at work at the Salon when Bustillos allegedly walked into the salon even though there was a restraining order against him due to previous violence against his common law wife Miriiam. Reports are that Bustillos took a gift for Miriam, a cell phone, and when she rejected it, he took out his work issued pistol and shot Miriam in the head. Her co worker and friend apparently tried to intervene and she was shot and killed as well. Bustillos then turned the gun on himself but survived the injury, blinding himself in the process. .Today, the now blind Bustillos was led by police to be arraigned in San Ignacio magistrates court as a group of protesters and on lookers gathered in front of the San Ignacio Police station in solidarity with the families of the victims. Police officers guarded Bustillos as he was taken to and from the vehicle as the angry on lookers voiced their anger and even displeasure with the police for carrying out their job of protecting Bustillos from the crowd.
Jose Pinelo, Protestor: I am upset. Here in Belize you can expect the unexpected. That is how they protect criminals. When law abiding citizens ask for protection, they give you the turn around and all sorts of things, but now there’s evidence, what else to say.
Reporter: Do you think he is going to jail?
Jose Pinelo, Protestor: To me it doesn’t matter I think his punishment has already began, being blind is something that no one would want to. Fortunately that is what he will have to deal with for the rest of his life.
Manuel Rodriguez, Protestor: Well we need justice. It would be sad if this man were to walk out a free man. Personally, if that’s the case might as well we have no law in Belize because for burglary, theft and those things you go for 7-8 years and then this man is gonna walk free? Noh man.
Reporter: According to reports they are saying that he is blind. Do you think that court should still send him to jail or send him home because he’s blind.
Manuel Rodriguez, Protestor: Well of course he still has to spend the time regardless if he’s blind or cripple. He has to pay for the penalty that he did. He has like 5 charges.