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Sep 6, 2019

Brian Orellana Out on $10,000 Bail

Coastguard officer Brian Orellana was granted and met bail in the Supreme Court this morning where he appeared before Justice Herbert Lord in the presence of attorney Hurl Hamilton. The charge against Orellana is that on Monday morning he assaulted Cristina Teul with a firearm in the San Martin area of Belmopan. He was initially denied bail in the lower court, but was successful in securing bond in the form of ten thousand dollars this morning when he applied to the Supreme Court. This incident, we understand, took place while Orellana was on leave from work. While he is out on bail, it is expected that he will face disciplinary action upon his return to work on Monday.

 

Hurl Hamilton, Attorney for Brian Orellana

“As you may know, Brian Orellana had been charged with several counts of aggravated assault, wounding and discharging a firearm in public.  The magistrate denied bail and we went to the Supreme Court this morning and we were successful in securing bail for him this morning.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Are there any particular conditions that come along with his release?”

 

Hurl Hamilton

Hurl Hamilton

“Yes, of course.  Mr. Orellana is not to interfere with the virtual complainant or any prosecution witnesses.  He’s to report to the Belmopan Police Station every Friday of the week starting next week and he is to surrender his travel documents to the Supreme Court.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Are you at liberty to share with us via this medium perhaps, any information in terms of your client either refuting the claims or the allegations being made against him?”

 

Hurl Hamilton

“Well what I can say is that clearly my client denies these allegations.  My instructions are that they are false, they are baseless, these allegations.  I was just retained yesterday so I haven’t had much time to really communicate with my client as to the actual case, but suffice to say that he has denied the allegations.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“In this particular case though your client is a member of the Belize Coast Guard and it would seem as though by way of this allegation made against him he has brought he institution into disrepute.  Has he mentioned anything to you about his job hanging in the balance because of what has happened?”

 

Hurl Hamilton

“Well, let me clarify that.  Mr. Orellana, respectfully, has not brought the department into disrepute because has not been found guilty for any offense.  It’s just mere allegation and it’s a charge against him.  Now as it relates to the policy of the coast guard and the government departments, I would want to think that some sort of action perhaps would be taken administratively.  From my instructions, none has yet been taken and I have instructed my client to proceed to work on Monday morning, eight o’clock in the morning.”


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