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Feb 6, 2019

Danny Mason et al Taken to Court for Arraignment for Kidnapping of a Mennonite Couple

The head of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas was found inside a bucket in the pan of the truck of the notorious William “Danny” Mason in the parking lot of Barrio Fino in Belmopan. The shocking discovery was met with disgust and anger in 2016. Mason and four other men are facing charges for the pastor’s murder and the kidnapping of Lloyd Thiessen and his wife.  Today, Mason, who was known to be friends with a long list of government ministers, as well as the other accused men were in handcuffs when they were taken to court in Belmopan. The kidnapping hearing was soon adjourned and as News Five’s Duane Moody learnt, one of the accused men is taking the rap.

 

William "Danny" Mason

Duane Moody, Reporting

William “Danny” Mason along with Ashton Vanegas, Terrence and Keiron Fernandez and Ernest Henry Castillo appeared in the Supreme Court of Justice Antoinette Moore in Belmopan. Around nine this morning, they were escorted by GSU officers from the Central Prison up the steps of the high court, cuffed at the hands and legs in chains and shackles.  The men appeared in court for two reasons, both of which were adjourned until February fifteenth because the attorney for the men, Herbert Panton, was absent from court.

The appearance, as attorney Dickie Bradley says, first dealt with case management in the 2016 kidnapping and beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. It referenced the disclosure of phone records by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Lyn Vidal, presented to the judge and the defense attorneys. Bradley is in the process of being contracted to represent Mason.

 

Richard “Dickie” Bradley

Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney-at-law

“Yes he has been talking with me, speaking to me as early as this morning in court. The phone records are very extensive. The purpose of case management is for the two attorneys or the two sides to indicate to the court—as we have done in a number of instances—there are some things in the statements, the disclosure, the deposition as we call it in the Supreme Court, where there is no need for the person to come to court because we on one side are not challenging that witness or what that witness will say.”

 

The men were also to be arraigned in the Supreme Court today for the kidnapping of a Mennonite couple because it is an indictable offense. Back in May, 2018, Magistrate Merlene Moody committed Mason et al to stand trial for the May 2016 kidnapping of Lloyd Thiessen and his wife in the Belmopan area. Since the incident, the Thiessens have been living in Canada, out of fear for their lives. Their kidnapping occurred when they were trying to recover a three hundred thousand-dollar payment they had made to Mason to import corn, but never happened. This arraignment was also pushed back to February fifteenth.

 

Richard “Dickie” Bradley

“The court granted an adjournment in relation to the arraignment which is the formal reading of the charge that you are now in front of the Supreme Court on the charge of kidnapping. In fact, you would have seen a little back and forward in terms of another person who is charged for the kidnapping, which has nothing to do with the previous charge. That person had to join the group in what is called the dock; this is where prisoners sit.”

 

But as it relates to the murder charge against the group of men, for which Mason is believed to be the mastermind, attorney Dickie Bradley says that one of the men has admitted to have committed the murder. He questions why Mason and the others are still incarcerated.

 

Llewellyn Lucas

Richard “Dickie” Bradley

“A person who committed the murder, the heinous horrible murder of cutting the head off of a human being is saying to the court that I am the one that did it. Why do you have everyone else locked up? Do you have strong evidence that they were there? That they knew? That they saw? If you do, okay it will come to court. The man has said I am the one.”

 

Duane Moody

“That’s one of the accused?”

 

Richard “Dickie” Bradley

“Yes, he said it in the court.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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  1. Mike G says:

    . . . and now that Dickie is involved, the POS will walk away. Don’t we have such a wonderful Criminal Justice System?! What’s the conviction rate now?

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