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Jan 20, 2022

Patrick Faber Was Wanted Following Domestic Abuse Allegations, But Fiancé Withdraws Charges

Dr. Shanika Arnold

Opposition Leader Patrick Faber was wanted by the Belize Police Department, following a report made by his fiancé on Wednesday afternoon. The formal complaint filed by Dr. Shanika Arnold with the Domestic Violence Unit is of two domestic incidents that occurred at the couple’s residence in Lord’s Bank Village.  The second altercation which took place on January nineteenth, reportedly involved the use of a hammer, resulting in injuries being inflicted on Dr. Arnold.  The complainant, accompanied by attorney David Morales, visited the Queen Street Police Station yesterday where a statement was given regarding the incident. Faber, who has a history of allegations pertaining to domestic abuse, was to turn himself in earlier today.  Late this afternoon, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams held a press brief during which he outlined what has transpired since the report was filed at Eastern Division.  The latest twist in that saga is that Dr. Arnold has formally withdrawn her report in the presence of attorneys David Morales and O.J. Elrington. According to the ComPol, attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley had indicated that he would have been accompanying the leader of the United Democratic Party had he surrendered himself to police.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police, Belize Police Department

“Yesterday Ms. Arnold did visit the Domestic Violence Unit in Belize City and she made a complaint against the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Patrick Faber and the report is one of a domestic nature where she is alleging that Mr. Faber has caused damage to her laptop and had also assaulted her as she was about to leave their home in the Lord’s Bank area.  Police have since issued a warrant in the first instance for the arrest of Mr. Faber and at this time he is currently being sought by police so that he can be charged and taken before the court. The fact is that we have obtained a statement from her in which she had requested court action and so we will proceed with the matter before the court and if she decides later on that she does not wish the matter to go any further then we would suggest that she goes to the court and does that and not through the police.  The fact again, with these domestic issues, we tend to at times downplay them or underplay them and it turns out to be worst at the end of the day.  So in order for us to make sure that should something more serious happen later on down the road, we could always say that yes, the lady came to us, we did our part and then she went to the court, did X,Y,Z and our hands are clean. I know that Mr. Dickie Bradley had called me earlier and said that Mr. Faber had contacted him to have a meeting with him and that he would turn Mr. Faber in to the police this afternoon.  We are still awaiting for that to happen, nonetheless, the police did visit the home of Mr. Faber in Ladyville and he was not there and we are looking in other places where we believe he might be in order to locate him.”


Late this evening, Dr. Shanika Arnold took to her social media page to address the issue openly. She describes the situation as a “misunderstanding,” and says that it was the couple’s intent to resolve the matter privately.  She goes on to say in her post, “while we can assure the public that the rumors are inaccurate, we are at this time unwilling to disclose further private information in an attempt to protect me from any further public scrutiny.  I appreciate that Patrick’s number one priority at this time is my wellbeing and the wellbeing of our entire family”.  Following Arnold’s statement, U.D.P. Leader Patrick Faber also issued a statement of his own echoing what was shared by Dr. Arnold in her Facebook post.  Faber goes on to say, “while we had hoped that such a matter in the public domain could be avoided, we realize regrettably that the inferences and insinuations deriving from the visit to the Queen Street Police Station yesterday have now made it necessary for the situation to be publicly addressed.”

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