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Oct 9, 2013

Orange Walk Resident, Matthew Williams on trial for unlawful possession of a passport

Audrey Matrura-Shepherd

In Orange Walk today, a resident went on trial for the unlawful possession of a passport. After multiple adjournments, Matthew Williams, accused of multiple counts of Unlawful Possession of a Passport appeared in the Orange Walk Town Magistrate’s Court before Senior Magistrate Merlene Moody. According to police a sting operation at Williams’ home in July of 2011 saw the recovery of multiple Belizean passports including that of attorney and former OCEANA vice-president Audrey Matura-Shepherd. The attorney spoke to News Five about her testimony today.


Audrey Matrura-Shepherd

“In 2006, I had lost my passport. My vehicle was broken into and everything was stolen. I reported on September two thousand and six and I had never heard anything about it up until last week the G.S.U. apparently was doing an operation in Orange Walk went into the home of one Matthew Williams. They told me that they found my passport amongst the document other but they brought it for me to verify because they want to make sure that it was mine because the picture, although it had everything about me it was not my picture, it was someone else’s picture. I had to go and give evidence today and identify the passport and provide information to the police.  He was charged for unlawful possession of a passport that was the only charge. That is a summary matter and it is under the passport act. But I am sure that police could have done further investigation because there needs to be further investigation. I would want to know whose picture that was that was placed in my passport and who that person that was using my name and in the passport based on the stamps that I could have seen they used it to go to Mexico three times in two thousand and eight. That passport expired in twenty ten but what I saw in the police report and before this new law was passed I got a new passport so technically they would have been someone impersonating me all this time, up to two thousand and ten when this passport went invalid. The passport was never presented or stamped at the Belize side and to me I could say that any immigration officer would have seen that that picture is not mine. It’s not that I am not a person that is not known. My name was clearly there, my full name. It’s really interesting apart from these charges that there seems to be an operation in this country with passports and it was really unfortunate that my name was used and my passport was used. I just wanted to make it clear that I have nothing about it; I would not have acted if I knew Matthew Williams and if I have gave him the passport and so forth. I had met him through politics when I was involved in campaigning for the U.D.P., but I have never had a conversation in any way and that is the sad thing when your name is pulled into a situation like that. So I went to court and did my duty like any Belizean to go and testify.”


Williams did not appear with an attorney in court and today he acted in his own defense. Matura-Shepherd and others testified in court and that testimony concluded around eleven this morning.  The case resumes on October twenty-ninth with Williams presenting his defense.

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1 Response for “Orange Walk Resident, Matthew Williams on trial for unlawful possession of a passport”

  1. Beano is shocked says:

    “So I went to court and did my duty like any Belizean to go and testify.”

    that is refreshing!

    Somebody actually makes the connection being a citizen and doing their duty.
    Usually it has been look away and let somebody deal with the problem.
    If you loose your country, it is hard to get it back from the criminals.

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