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Jan 2, 2018

Disgraced WPC Exercises Her Right to Remain Silent

Chester Williams

Despite facing a single charge of murder, the police constable has opted not to provide a caution statement.  Instead, she has clammed up by exercising her right to remain silent.  But eyewitnesses attest that Brown was the sole passenger inside Ahmad’s vehicle at the time of the incident.  Likewise, investigators confirm that Ahmad was able to walk briefly after being removed from the SUV and was attempting to speak, however, the injury he sustained as a result of the gunshot damaged his vocal cord. His licensed firearm has not been located.

 

ACP Chester Williams, Commander, Professional Standards Branch

“We have extensively interviewed all persons who were on the scene, including the first responders, and I will tell you that there was a vehicle that was crossing paths with that of Fareed when the incident occurred.  So those persons in that vehicle were the first responders, they actually saw the crash and came to a stop immediately and ran to the vehicle to see who were inside the vehicle.  We have recorded statements and extensively interviewed them and from their eyewitness accounts they are saying that there was no other person in the vehicle.  They saw no one exiting the vehicle.  When they went to the vehicle, the vehicle was still locked and only those two persons were inside the vehicle and so at this time we have that from three different witnesses.  There is no one who has suggested anything that there was a third person inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.”

 

Reporter

“So at no point was Mr. Ahmad able to walk, get up and walk or talk to anybody?”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“He was taken out of the vehicle after the impact and he was walking around, yes, and the doctor is saying that one of the reasons why he could not have said anything was because the gunshot injuries damaged something in the throat that would have allowed him to speak.  The people on the scene said that he tried to speak but his words were not coming out and so the doctor explained that it was because of the injuries to the throat that prevented him from bringing out his words.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Without prejudicing whatever information would be revealed in court down the road, have you guys been able to get a statement from Ms. Brown and is there any part of that statement that can be divulged?”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“Well you see, people out there are saying that we must get the W to talk and my thing to them is, the constitution protects you from the right to self-incrimination and the commissioner’s rule clearly outlines the procedures by which statements are to be recorded from suspected persons, which she is one.  And she has exercised her constitutional right to remain silent, and in the absence of her saying anything there is nothing that we can do to compel her to speak on that matter.”

 

Michelle Brown has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison until March ninth, 2018.

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