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Jul 4, 2017

Court dismisses case against Louis Wade

Back in May, journalist and owner of Plus TV Louis Wade was taken before the Magistrate Court in San Ignacio and arraigned for common assault and use of insulting words. Those charges were levied on Wade months after a purported incident at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex with the son of Minister Rene Montero.  There were a number of allegations made about how the process was handled by the police, but it ended in court where the aggrieved party, Pastor Wade was being charged even though he had filed a report claiming that Robert Montero tried to run him over with his pickup truck.  Submissions were filed and today Magistrate Hurl Hamilton threw out the case on the grounds that the charges were brought too late, they were in bad faith and (Quote) “an executive decision.” (Unquote) News Five’s Andrea Polanco spoke with Wade and his attorney Stacey Grinage.


Stacey Grinage, Attorney

Stacey Grinage

“Today, the Magistrate gave his decision and essentially he ruled in our favour and he permanently stayed the continuation of the prosecution against Mister Wade and the matter has been struck out.”


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The case against journalist Louis Wade is dismissed; the charges of common assault and use of insulting words stem from an incident that that involved the son of U.D.P. Minister Rene Montero. But today when Wade appeared in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s court, he was greeted with the news why the case was thrown out. His attorney explains.


Stacey Grinage

“The two main questions which he focused on was whether there was delay in this case and whether the accused, Mister Wade, his right to a fair trial was prejudiced. And both of those questions he answered that yes there was a delay having regard to the minor offences that Mister Wade was charged with; the common assault and the use of indecent words. The Magistrate said that he could not find any complexity with these charges and any justification why the prosecution took five months to lay the charges; so on that question he said yes there was delay and then on the second question of whether there would be prejudice to a fair trial he answered in the affirmative as well, saying that having regard to the delay the accused would be prejudiced and he mentioned that the actions by the police to lay the charges so late was an executive decision and he commented that it was in bad faith as well, so he permanently stayed the prosecution.”


The matter was just a week shy of being statute barred – because it happened back in November and was taken before the courts one week shy of the six month period – Wade believed there was some influence behind it. So, today, he saysthat he is grateful that it was thrown out.


Louis Wade

Louis Wade, Case dismissed

“I am very relieved that at the very first chance that a Magistrate, the justice system had the opportunity had a chance to look at the situation called it for what it is, and I am very grateful.”


Andrea Polanco

“Some see it as intimidation; will we continue to see Pastor Wade on the morning show talking about corruption and all the other things happening in the country?”


Louis Wade

“I came out of the court today stronger. My God vindicates me. Four lawyers free of cost called to give their support; thousands of people across the country said ‘ Pastor Wade, do not let this hinder you.’ I am even more encouraged to continue to do what I do.”


The incident happened in November of last year. It was here at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex where Wade was videoing on going works – following up on a story that a private contractor never completed a contract work and later government resources had to be used to finish the construction. But Robert Montero, son of Minister Rene Montero appeared. Wade alleged that Montero drove his truck at him but that he never verbally insulted him. But almost six months later – Montero went to press charges against Wade. Wade alleged that the San Ignacio police didn’t bother to speak with the witnesses. Even with the matter dismissed, Wade maintains his innocence.


Louis Wade

“We have said from the very beginning that I was assaulted. I was with my camera and the perpetrator came at me with his vehicle. The witnesses existed. I have my video tape evidence, all the police had to do was genuinely carry out an investigation and speak with the eyewitnesses. I believe there was some malice behind it. The court agreed that it was an abuse of their authority. Who is the hand allowing the police six months for them to come at me? I think we will find it out in the future as I sit with my attorneys, we go through the evidence, look at the witnesses and we decide how to proceed.”


Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

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1 Response for “Court dismisses case against Louis Wade”

  1. Belizean pride says:

    Let the Lord take revenge on the accuser since doing wrong accusation just political reasons don’t make Montero Jr. any better but a worst person.

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