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Nov 6, 2017

Conway Murphy Charged in Ladyville Accident

Conway Murphy

Irish national, thirty-six-year-old Conway Murphy was today arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for last Friday’s horrific traffic accident at mile eight on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Murphy was behind the wheels of a Ford Everest SUV that collided head on into a Toyota pickup, carrying watermelons and vegetables, and occupied by farmers Ricardo and Luis Jacobo. The brothers from Orange Walk remain hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Today, the corporate service provider, who has been living in Belize for fourteen years and has permanent residency, appeared before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett for charges of driving motor vehicle without a license, as well as driving without due care and attention. According to attorney Dickie Bradley, Murphy was detained on Saturday and kept in custody due to the condition of the traffic victims. Although there were strong objections to bail, Murphy is at home in Ladyville with his family tonight.

 

Dickie Bradley

Dickie Bradley, Attorney

“In court today, the prosecution did raise very strong objections, principally that Mister Murphy is not a Belizean and that there is a likelihood of further and much more serious charges coming from the injuries that the other parties would have suffered. So the deciding magistrate, Miss Gillett, called on us to respond to the objections on the various grounds, several grounds were offered. And in this particular instance, Mister Murphy, who has his Irish passport—it was in the custody of police, but they made it available—is a permanent resident of Belize. He’s been here continuously for many years; he has a child who was born here, he is engaged in business transactions in the country, properly registered business companies. The holder of property and basically Belize is his home. And so we offered to the magistrate, and the prosecutor was kind enough to also say well in that case then he would have no problem, he offered to surrender the passport to the court and the court imposed a further condition that he is to report on a regular basis to the Ladyville police station. And they observed that one of the charges was being withdrawn by the prosecutor and the magistrate also took into account that there may be more serious charges coming, but she would look at those when those come, if they come.”

 

The matter was adjourned to the eleventh of January 2018 and he was given bail of eight hundred dollars plus surety of the same amount. 

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