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Sep 18, 2015

Keyren Tzib Bail Withheld Pending Psychiatric Evaluation

Keyren Tzib

The courtroom of Justice Troadio John Gonzalez was packed today for the bail application on behalf of Coastguard, Keyren Tzib; she is accused of killing her common-law husband, Thythis Blancaneaux in July of this year while she was on bail for another criminal offense.  The Justice questioned a number of issues but the most significant was about her mental health. He requested a psychiatric evaluation and asked for a number of persons to be brought before the court to testify on Tzib’s behalf.  The D.P.P.’s representative, Sheneiza Smith, objected to bail on three grounds. Smith submitted that Tzib should not be granted bail because she is a threat to herself and society and there is likelihood that she will commit another offense. The prosecutor added that there is a very strong case against Tzib for the death of Blancaneaux, who was stabbed in July of this year at their Lord’s Bank home. Smith is also relying on a letter from a Coastguard Commander who wrote that Tzib was showing a pattern of violent behaviour.  On her behalf, attorney Darrell Bradley interjected that the kind of treatment Tzib urgently needs is not readily available or can be facilitated by the Belize Central Prison and that she missed appointments because she was in prison. He also introduced an affidavit from a Psychiatric Nurse who gave her opinion of Tzib’s mental state.   At the end of submissions, Judge Gonzalez adjourned the matter for September twenty-fifth, 2015 where he is expected to hear from the prison department’s psychiatric personnel. That will determine if Tzib will be granted bail.

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