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Jan 2, 2013

Cop charged for preventing cop from work

Edward Castillo

From the streets to the courts; a police officer who chose to challenge an Assistant Superintendent of Police in the execution of his duties was slapped with three criminal offenses today. Thirty- three year old PC Edward Castillo who is attached to the Hattieville Police sub-formation, appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano for arraignment.  He was charged for obstructing Assistant Superintendent Anthony Rosado while in the execution of his duties and for endeavoring to prevent execution of the law by recusing Lloyd A Dryer from lawful custody, as well as for using a motor vehicle not covered by third party risk insurance. Castillo pleaded not guilty to all three offenses and was granted bail.

At about six-thirty p.m. on Boxing Day, Castillo was allegedly in a SUV along with other occupants. Assistant Superintendant Rosado attempted to check the vehicle in the area of the roundabout on Central American Boulevard. Rosado requested the driver Lloyd Dyer Senior to produce a driver’s license and told him that an inspection would be conducted for insurance and motor vehicle licenses.  Rosado subsequently notified Dyer that the insurance had expired and was about to escort Dyer into the police mobile, but Castillo jumped into the driver’s seat.  According to Deputy Rosado, Dyer also jumped into the passenger side of the vehicle and Castillo sped away. He is due back in court on February twelfth.

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10 Responses for “Cop charged for preventing cop from work”

  1. Storm says:

    Too stupid to enforce the law or work for the public. A man like this should not have a badge, a gun, and the power to arrest people. Good riddance when he’s gone.

  2. Ricky Malthus says:

    All this action because of lack of insurance is stupid. Yes the officer, Rosado, is doing something technically in compliance with the law, but is in violation of the purpose of the law. This is poor training. No matter where you go in the world, if one doesn’t have insurance, the authorities issue a ticket to appear in court, or bring you in compliance with the law. They don’t haul you off to jail. This is stupid. Police officers become agents of the insurance companies at exorbitant costs to the already economically , hard pressed Belizean. Time to revisit these stupid colonial laws. Issue a ticket and don’t clutter the jail system. The police right away wants to cart the offender to jail making him judge, jury(I forgot, there is no jury now), and executioner. I think this is called dictatorship. Let’s clean up the laws in Belize and score one for the man-in -the street Belizean and one for justice. What good are laws if they don’t give JUSTICE ?

  3. islander says:

    Isnt Dyer a cop too?

  4. Buju says:

    I disagree with you Ricky Malthus

    I totally agree with the Assistant Superintendent, a while back i was involved in a traffic accident in 2006 where the offender didn’t have insurance, vehicle licences nor did he have a drivers licences.
    My vehicle sustained $4800 in damage, I use my vehicle everyday and i had to fix it myself. I took a civil suit against the person which i won and to date all i have collected is $1050.

    I was the victim of this and became the victim again because i had to borrow money to fix my vehicle and still have not gotten my money back. The culprit went to jail for about a week on two ocassions but that didn’t benefit me at all. I still havent gotten my money!

    Good job Superintendent Rosado. If you go and check all police officers vehicles i would dare to say 60% of them dont have valid insurance or licences!

  5. Ricky Malthus says:

    @Bujuland: you are proving my point Mr. Buju. If we were to amend the colonial laws, you wouldn’t have had that problem. In all modern countries, vehicle insurance policies has a coverage called uninsured driver coverage which would have indemnified you up to the the limits of the policy coverage. But no such luck here in Belize. Now , I don’t wish to insult your intelligence, but you should check with your insurance company to see if this were not covered. Maybe the the statute of limitations has not run out to preclude your claim. But Mr. Buju, not because an event/accident doesn’t meet your desires means we should start putting everyone in jail. Belize is still 200 years behind developed nations in administering its laws and providing justice. We still operate under Dickensian laws, sadly. Think about Buju. Happy New Year.

  6. Buju says:

    Point well taken Ricky Malthus!

    This is wat i like productive conversations!
    have a nice day

  7. Concerned Citizen says:

    @Ricky Malthus: seems you don’t live in Belize or don’t have a car or don’t have a car older than 5 years. NO third party insurance in Belize covers anything BUT the third party!!! Very few people can afford Comprehensive insurance and even then, your car needs to be relatively new! Yet you talk about insulting other people’s intelligence, the IRONY!

  8. Al says:

    Mr Castillo is paid to uphold the law, not help to break it. This is teh problem, no one wants to live by the law. There is no more morals left in the country. Everything is out of control. These politicians who fial to amend old laws are creating an environment that is totally out of control and will continue to get worse. They forget they have to live in the mess they create, it is only a matter of time until it catches up with them.

  9. Ricky Malthus says:

    @Concerned Citizen : Indeed you too prove my point that the insurance laws in Belize must be amended so that our third party covers uninsured and underinsured drivers. This would be a progressive law where uninsured drivers are not hauled off to jail and the police are not seen as corrupt working on behalf of Gordon Roe Insurance, Belize insurance Centre, Home Protector Ins., or any other insurance companies. And yes I do live on the Philip Goldson highway between mile one and nine. Please try to understand why laws are made and don’t condemn other ideas because you don’t see their equitable thrusts.

  10. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    GIVE BACK BELIZE TO THE BRITISH AND SEE THOSE CROOKED COPS STAY UNDER THEIR BEDS !!!
    BUT BECAUSE ALWAYS HIGHER OFFICERS GIVE THEM A HELPING HAND, THEY KEEP REPEATING THEIR EVIL DEEDS.
    THE BRITISH WILL KICK THEM JUST WHERE THEY DESERVE.

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