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Jun 2, 2020

Penner Goes To Court Following Bench Warrant for His Arrest

Elvin Penner

Former minister Elvin Penner appeared in magistrate’s court in Belmopan this morning after being a no-show on Monday morning.  Penner’s absence resulted in the issuance of a bench warrant for his arrest.  As we’ve reported, the former disgraced Cayo Northeast Area Representative was charged in June 2017 following a fatal road traffic accident that claimed the life of Kenrick Myvette, a resident of Unitedville.  According to Penner, he could not make Monday’s session for personal reasons which were subsequently explained to the court.  He told our colleague from Plus TV at the end of the hearing that he did not take scheduled appearance lightly and that he was reminded by the magistrate that he must attend all remaining dates.

 

Elvin Penner, Charged with Manslaughter by Negligence

“I was always aware of the gravity of missing a court date and hence I don’t think anybody would be stupid enough to think that I would purposely didn’t come to court yesterday because if I would have wanted to skip the country or not be in court I’ve had three years to do so.  So I’ve come to every other court date and it was for personal reasons that I couldn’t come yesterday and I explained that to the magistrate and therefore the bench warrant was withdrawn and I was given a new date but I would like to, in this case, advise and make sure that everybody does know that when you have a court date, especially when you have a supreme court date, it’s nothing to be taken lightly.  It’s basically wasting the time of the court, it’s wasting the time of the attorney if the attorney is present.  So it’s nothing light and I didn’t take it light either but I had my reasons why I couldn’t make it and the judge did understand.  He again reminded me of the importance of showing up on a court date.  It’s interesting for me now that a simple bench warrant or a missing of a court date has made news this time.  I think this is probably another way where I am making history.”


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