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Nov 1, 2016

Charges Coming for Douglas Grant in Fort Street Fracas

Douglas Grant Jr.

Belize City police say they are armed with sufficient evidence to charge gun-toting Douglas Grant Junior with a firearm offense.  But, will a warrant be issued for the U.D.P. henchman’s arrest?  A criminal investigation into an incident which occurred on Sunday morning, a short distance away from the Sit and Sip Nightclub, reveals that Grant wielded his licensed weapon during the heated exchange.  As we reported, fast food vendor Paul ‘Chicken Dread’ Ferguson, a staunch supporter of the People’s United Party, found himself in a fiery verbal confrontation with Grant outside of the popular establishment.  The entire ordeal was captured both on video surveillance, as well as cell phone footage, and clearly shows Grant brandishing the firearm.  Since it occurred within the Eastern Division North jurisdiction, we asked Assistant Commissioner of Police Dezerie Phillips earlier today why Grant hasn’t been arrested.

 

Dezerie Phillips

ACP Dezerie Phillips, O.C., Eastern Division North

“I am not particularly concerned about whatever video footage was out there in the media but I can confirm to you that Mr. Paul Ferguson did in fact make a complaint to the police early Sunday morning.  The matter is being investigated and we’re at a point where we believe that we have enough evidence that we will be laying charges on Mr. Grant pretty soon.”

 

Reporter

“Okay.  Are you able to say what those charges might be?”

 

ACP Dezerie Phillips

“The first instance I can tell you is aggravated assault.”

 

Reporter

“Now is this, have you all received any political intervention on this?  We know Mr. Grant is a very close affiliate of the former Minister of Police and we’ve heard stories like this in the past where, in Belmopan, not in this jurisdiction, things have been left to slide.  Were you contacted by anyone, was any political pressure put on you to not act immediately?”

 

ACP Dezerie Phillips

“Not at all and I will not be contacted Jules.  I will effect my duty as I always do and that is what we’re here to do.  Like I said, the matter is being investigated.  We feel that there is enough evidence at this time and charges will be laid on Mr. Grant very soon.”

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