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Jan 18, 2019

Tyrone Fitzgibbon is Arraigned and Remanded for Ladyville Arson

Tyrone Fitzgibbon

Alleged arsonist Tyrone Fitzgibbon has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned on two counts for deliberately setting a house in Ladyville on fire a week ago.  According to witnesses, the twenty-year-old visited his ex-girlfriend’s residence on Dove Street on January eleventh.  When he realized that she was not at home, he reportedly broke inside the wooden structure and torched it.  An individual, who is said to have been inside at the time of the fire, had to be dragged out to safety.  The property which is valued at thirty thousand dollars belongs to Levi Clifford Bahadur and was burnt to the ground.  In court today, the fisherman appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.  Fitzgibbon told the court that he has proof that he was in fact in Caye Caulker at the time of the incident.  Despite his presumed alibi, Fitzgibbon was informed that the case was not being tried today.   This afternoon, Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo spoke briefly on Fitzgibbon’s arrest.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Reference the fire that occurred on Friday, at Ladyville, one male person by the name of Tyrone Robert Fitzgibbon, thirty-year-old Belizean for two counts of arson.”

 

Reporter

“Are you able to indicate what led police to the conclusion that he intentionally lit the fires?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“That’s part of the investigation basically of what the police gathered from different witnesses and from the fire department.”

 

Reporter

“Do you have a motive?  The people at the address said that he was upset when he came out of prison and found that his ex-girlfriend was no longer at the address.”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yes, we have a motive and it has to do with the female that was being sought on that night along with the person that was charged for the arson.”

 

Tyrone Fitzgibbon was subsequently placed in pretrial detention until March 2019.

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