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Aug 12, 2016

Melissa Ferguson Also Applies for Supreme Court Bail

The bail application for Melissa Ferguson, the wife of murder suspect William “Danny’’ Mason, also came up but was deferred to Monday because Crown Counsel Rene Montero told the court that he received the file for Ferguson late on Thursday and needed time to prepare grounds for objection. The Justice then granted an adjournment. Two sisters captured in a shocking video in Dangriga also applied for bail. Crown Counsel Rene Montero had heavy objections to bail on the grounds that Kimberly Lino and Samantha Lewis are a flight risk since the siblings do not reside in Belize and were only vacationing when the alleged offence was committed. Their application was heard late afternoon before Justice Troadio Gonzalez.  Their attorney, Richard Bradley, told the court that while the sisters reside in the US, the court can impose stringent conditions to ensure they are present for trial. The prosecution objected strongly but in the end, Judge Gonzalez took into consideration all the arguments and imposed a stiff bail of thirty thousand dollars each plus one surety of the same amount. He made it clear that if either sister should fail to attend court in the Dangriga Magistrate Court, their bail will be confiscated. The sisters were captured on video storming into the home of Brimimie Martinez. They assaulted her, tore off her blouse and beat her in front of her two small children. The confrontation was recorded by the fourteen year old son of the woman who threw the first punch.  Aside from Lino and Lewis, Triffany Cacho, and the minor were taken before a Magistrate in Independence on Tuesday and charged for Aggravated Burglary, Damage to Property and Harm. Cacho has been granted bail, because she is eight months pregnant. Dickie Bradley explains.

 

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney for Melissa Ferguson

“The application for her to get a bail hearing was filed, but to me it was an awesomely crowded day for bail applications. I thought I saw about ten or twelve packed up inside of Judge Gonzalez’s court. In the case of another matter will be contested. And so we just came out of court; it must be like five minutes to five o’clock. Justice Gonzalez really tried to deal with all the applications for freedom and he was able to cover ninety-nine percent. But poor Melissa Ferguson, the prosecutor as the court to please give them additional time so that they can—in my opinion—so that they can manufacture something against Melissa Ferguson. So her application has been adjourned early next week for hearing. It is a sad situation because I think I mentioned already that animals need some kind of attention and she’s extremely worried about that. There was a lot of bail application; in fact I myself had about five and as we proceeded and proceeded, the time just dragged on. And here we have a judge who really did his best to accommodate all the applications. So that is the Melissa Ferguson.”

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