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Jul 20, 2011

Charges dropped against professor for bulletproof vest

Leon Leslie

A university professor was charged in January for allegedly being in possession of a bulletproof vest, which was prohibited at the time. But according to Leon Leslie, he had no knowledge of the vest which police claim was found inside his vehicle.  Today Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer struck out the charge because the arresting officer did not appear in court when the case was initially set to being in June and he was absent again this morning. Leslie came to our studios to give his side of the story.

Leon Leslie, Freed of Keeping Prohibited Material Charge

“From the officer arrested me, I was unaware that the vest was present in the vehicle when the officer came to search me. I was at a friend’s house, not at the residence as he had said in his report that I was at home.  I was at a friend’s house and we were socializing. My vehicle was locked and my vehicle was on the street parked. He came to me and just took my keys and went directly into the vehicle. I wasn’t allowed to see what he was doing or anything and in the end he just called me over and asked me what it was. To me it was a shock to see—I didn’t even know what it was at first because it was wrapped in a blanket or something and from there it just went all downhill. I wasn’t allowed to ask any questions. The following day even the magistrate was a little sorry about the incident but due to the law I wasn’t granted any bail and I had to spend two weeks in Hattieville prison.  The law was amended that people could own a bullet proof vest just because you have to register it. But in January when I was arrested it fell under prohibited material.”

Delahnie Bain

“And you are a university professor, has spending a little time in jail over something like this affected your relationship with your students?”

Leon Leslie

“My students basically were very supportive of the entire incident. Beside the lecturing I also do counseling there so they were always there to support me the never questioned my innocence or my guilt just told me to stay positive and to think that it wasn’t your fault and in the end justice will prevail, which in the end it did.”

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1 Response for “Charges dropped against professor for bulletproof vest”

  1. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    What Idiotic laws Belize have when everyone is dropping down like flies in the street and the damn government can do nothing to protect its citizens, a bullet proof vest is a defensive article not a weapon, do you mean that the citizens of Belize has no right to defend themselves against these lowdown dirty scumbag criminals/ it would appear that the criminals are working for the government. Remember, My Legacy B4 My People.

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