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Jul 6, 2012

Sweet case of stolen sugar

Oscar Mena

It was discovered on Monday that one hundred and twenty-five tons of sugar had been stolen from different barges that docked at Drowned Caye between April first and July second. Three persons were arrested within hours of the report made by thirty-nine year old Linberth Seguro, the Chief of Security at the Belize Sugar Industries Storage Division. Today, sixty-eight year old Oscar Mena, his son thirty-five year old Alex O’Brien and a third man, thirty year old Ernel Brooks appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer and were jointly charged for the Theft of one hundred and twenty-five tons of raw sugar, valued at one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars.

Alex O'Brien

They were additionally charged with Handling Stolen Goods because when police visited Mena’s house they allegedly found a half sack of raw brown sugar as well as other empty crocus bags. In court, the men were unrepresented and no pleas were taken because the prosecutor was not certain if the case would be tried at the Magistrate or Supreme Court due to the quantity and estimated value of the stolen sugar. The prosecutor objected to bail on three grounds; the nature of the offense, the strength of their case and because police are still investigating.

Ernel Brooks

O’Brien begged the court to consider granting him bail because he has three children and he is currently preparing them for school in September. But the Senior Magistrate agreed with the prosecutor’s objections and denied all three men bail. O’Brien, Mena and Brooks are due back in court on July twentieth.

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1 Response for “Sweet case of stolen sugar”

  1. Storm says:

    There’s a lot of premeditation in stealing 125 TONS of anything! And a lot of labour. Seems like they would have been better off just doing honest work.

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