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Aug 2, 2016

Mark Flowers and the Black Man Eddy Connection

Superintendent Mark Flowers is out on bail and on interdiction from the Belize Police Department.  Following his arraignment for unlawful sexual intercourse against a minor last week, a family reached out to us on the allegations and how it has affected the community at Blackman Eddy where Flowers’ farm is located. News Five’s Isani Cayetano sat today with the resident, whose identity is being protected, and files the following report.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Former GSU commander Mark Flowers is on temporary release from custody, following a Supreme Court hearing on Friday during which he was offered and met bail in the sum of seven thousand, five hundred dollars.  This stems from a pair of charges brought against the senior police officer after a minor, who claims that he engaged in sexual intercourse with her on at least two occasions, filed a report against him.

 

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney for Mark Flowers

“Mark Flowers appeared in front of Justice Adolph Lucas on his petition, which was an urgent petition, which was filed in just this week and in relation to the two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, he was granted a bail which is a bit high, seven thousand, five hundred dollars; stipulated to be a land paper.”

 

That document is presumably for this acreage of land in Black Man Eddy Village.  It is also here that Flowers allegedly committed the sexual abuse of the teenager.  This morning, we traveled to the quiet western community and spoke with a concerned mother.  Her daughter is a close friend of the pregnant minor.

 

Voice of: Concerned Parent

“Ih look bad and I am very worried and I am very scared because as I mentioned I have a daughter and now she is going into fourth form and then we have to look out for each other as neighbors.  From since this incident happened I communicated with the mother and I asked the mother, I told her if she, her gut [instinct], if she believes that the child is telling the truth.  Nobody knows their daughter or a child more than their mom. Ih seh my daughter is telling the truth.  So we have to go with what the child is saying.  I don’t think a child will lie like something like that.  So we’re waiting until the baby is born and then see what will happen or what will be the next step.”

 

Mark Flowers

For his part, the embattled superintendent has stated that he initially requested a DNA test to determine the paternity of the child.  He is confident that he did not father the baby.  While that may be so, the result of the test would not necessarily clear him of the said charges.

 

Supt. Mark Flowers, Former Commander, GSU

“I immediately offered my superior officer who is the Acting Commissioner Mr. Blackett, by way of telephone, to supply whatever bodily fluid may be necessary for a DNA test to be done immediately.  This was my first reaction because scientifically that is an accurate way of making a determination.”

 

According to the parent, residents trusted Flowers around their children because of their familiarity with him.  The allegations on both ends, including a claim that money was paid out to have Flowers blackmailed, have divided the community.

 

Voice of: Concerned Parent

“Mr. Flowers, as mentioned as somebody in this thing, is somebody we trust.  The family trusted him with our children, we knew him well and we coulda never believed this would have happened.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Since the allegation being brought forward against Mr. Flowers and all that has happened last week in the public’s eye, in terms of the charges being brought against him, his arraignment and his brief remand, what has been happening here in the village of Black Man Eddy?  Is there anything suspicious?  What are the people saying from this village?”

 

Voice of: Concerned Parent

“I am not saying Mark is guilty and I am not saying he is not guilty.  It’s up to the court and the good Lord to decide who is guilty from who is not guilty because they even say that they paid me eight thousand dollars to go into Belmopan and to do a report on Mark.  Isani, eight thousand dollars and I still owe my light bill.  So I would be thankful for that eight thousand dollars but I would not collect a penny from nobody for the truth.  I would not do that because I wouldn’t want anything to drop on my kids.  So I don’t know where they get this eight thousand dollars from.  I don’t know who gone eena Belmopan gaan do di report but I don’t know anything about that.”

 

There are also reports of questionable activity within the village as of late.  Those happenings, however, cannot be attributed to Flowers.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Has there been any suspicious activity in this area since all of this began coming to light?”

 

Voice of: Concerned Parent

“Yes.  A lot.  I see vehicle di come by without, with tinted [windows].  Dehn slow down in front ah yo house and dehn left di watch yo house and thing like that and wahn couple hours and when I open di door like dehn drive off.  I noh know if dehn di try look fu wahn correct aim spot.  I noh know weh dehn di look fa, weh dehn want.  I noh know cause ah weh ah mention di vehicle dehn tinted, so ah noh know dah weh happen or I cyant sehe da he send dehn neither.  I just di sehe these are the things that we are observing now in the village.  But otherwise from that we noh sih nothing else.  If ah tell yo ah sih Mr. Flowers I’m lying because from since this this thing ah noh sih ahn.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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