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Feb 3, 2016

Mechanic Lisburn Anderson Out on Bail

Lisburn Anderson

Another man who spent seven nights behind bars with Paumen is Lisburn Anderson. He also received bail today from Justice Moore in the sum of fifteen thousand dollars and two sureties in the same amount. Anderson is the mechanic who allegedly placed the firearm in Michael Modiri’s vehicle on behalf of Paumen. His arraignment was interrupted last Thursday when Magistrate Ladonna John took a plea from him before she was informed that the matter is indictable. John recused herself immediately after and Magistrate Albert Hoare refused to touch the matter because a plea had already been taken. That left Anderson in legal limbo until Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith took on the matter. That led to Anderson’s appearance today and the granting of bail. Attorney Rachel Montejo spoke to the media following the matter this afternoon.

 

Rachel Montejo, Attorney for Lisburn Anderson

“On Friday, I was informed that the Chief Magistrate will be addressing the matter on Monday morning and I attended court here at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court on Monday and my client was arraigned on court book ninety-two and the adjournment date granted was the eighth of March. Pretty much, I had filed bail on Friday and we addressed the issues here at the Supreme Court and thank God my client is on bail; he has been granted bail today, Wednesday.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Have you gotten any explanation to the sudden withdrawal of Magistrate Ladonna John, which was last week Thursday?”

 

Rachel Montejo

Rachel Montejo

“No, I have not been given any response in any form from the magistracy about the recusal or reasons. I know that the Chief Magistrate informed the court that the arraignment and the plea will be vacated and she started anew on Monday.”

 

Mike Rudon

“So from here on out, it’s just waiting until March eighth to fight in court?”

 

Rachel Montejo

“No, no. On March eighth, it’s just a regular adjournment and then we more than likely will be proceeding to an adjournment on the eighteenth of April and then we’d see where the disclosure will be ordered from there onwards.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Do you think it is unfortunate—I know travesty might be too strong of a word—but do you think it is unfortunate that your client, what was supposed to be a simple arraignment turned out to be a seven-day stay behind bars?”

 

Rachel Montejo

“I would agree with you because the D.P.P. when she came wasn’t objecting to my clients bail when she was addressing the matter. It’s just that we had filed bail because the first matter was not granted bail. And so we applied for bail at the Supreme Court on the two matters.”

 

Bradley Paumen’s travel documents were surrendered to Police after he received Supreme Court bail on January fifteenth for four counts of Abetment to Murder. He will have to report to the Belmopan Police Station on Wednesday and Friday of every week. Anderson has no passport but he has been ordered to report to the Belmopan Station every Friday. 

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