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Jun 15, 2011

Cops charged in connection with drug plane denied bail

In the Dangriga court, five police officers and a Customs boatman who were charged in connection with an alleged drug plane that landed on the Southern Highway since last November have been committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court. Sergeants Jacinto Roches and Lawrence Humes, Corporals Nelson Middleton and Renel Grant as well as Customs Boatman Harold Usher all appeared before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton for a paper committal. That means the defense team, which includes Attorneys Arthur Saldivar, Richard “Dickie” Bradley and Ellis Arnold, chose not to challenge the committal. According to Bradley, there is no evidence to substantiate the charges against the officers. But the bigger issue was whether the men would be granted bail. Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, objected to bail based on the gravity of the offences and further, that the men can be considered flight risks. The defense attorneys, however, submitted that the crime control act no longer applies to the defendants, which means the Magistrates Court can grant bail after three months. Bradley added that the men have been remanded for more than seven months and that bail is a right; not a privilege. But this afternoon Magistrate Hamilton denied bail and the men were remanded to the Central Prison. Their case is set for November eighth.

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5 Responses for “Cops charged in connection with drug plane denied bail”

  1. Shatta says:

    leave them there-let them learn not to do things like that or be around these actions even if technically “legal” and they will get off-the public knows there are involved somehow, even if they want to claim ignorance-theya re police-they should have known better, or not worth their salt as police

  2. rod says:

    keep them all locked up lets see if this pm new law will also apply to the police or if they have a different standard

  3. belizeanpride says:

    let them pay for their action lock and forget about them completely.

  4. honest girl says:

    Its a pitty, because they were just ordinary workers following instructions from the big boss, the ministry is the corrupted one and master mind so when this corruption will stop never.

  5. Elgin Martinez says:

    Mr Bradley if bail is a right then why havn’t your clients been given bail?Furthermore if bail is a right then it mean that your clients’ rights is been violated as a result you need to get to work.

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