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Aug 4, 2011

Glenn Tillett relates his detention

Tyrel Hyde

Glenn Tillett has been a prominent member of the media for eons. He has worked over the past years as a radio show host and is a former editor and newspaper journalist. Tillett is also politically linked to the PUP’s Joe Coye, a former government minister.  But it’s his family affiliation that resulted in the journalist being locked up in a police cell and eventually spending the night in a hospital bed. Tillett was released from police custody and the hospital, at about seventy percent of his former health on Wednesday. A distant relative is alleged to have shelved computers stolen from the Salvador Embassy in Belmopan at Tillett’s Belize City home. This afternoon, he spoke to the media about the humiliation that he and his daughter experienced since Tuesday when the cops came knocking on his door.

Glenn Tillett, Charged with Handling Stolen Goods

Glenn Tillett

“As far as I know there wasn’t anything illegal in the house. They searched the house; they discovered come computing equipment that my daughter subsequently told me had been left there by her cousin, Tyrel Hyde. He used to live there and in typical Belizean family, we have a room where we store stuff and if you are a relative and you need to store something for a brief period of time, there is no problem with that. She subsequently told me that he had come there on Saturday while I wasn’t there—he had asked to leave the stuff for a few days—he was to return on Monday. And so he did not come back on Monday. The officers came on Tuesday and they informed us that the computing equipment were proceeds of a robbery; at the time they had told us of the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan. I was dumbfounded by the information, but I figured I would find out more as we went along. My daughter and I accompanied the officers to the Queen Street Station; they’re telling us that we would have to be interviewed by the investigating officers from Belmopan so they asked us if we could wait. Officer Chun assured me that whenever the interview was over, they would return us home. So we waited patiently. About two hours later, three officers showed up from Belmopan ascertained that the computing equipment was the equipment that they were looking for and then demanded that my daughter and I accompany them to Belmopan. When I protested, they handcuffed me, ordered me into the back of a pickup and then drove me as fast as they could or so it seems to Belmopan. I think we left Belize nearly five-ten and by ten minutes to six we were in Belmopan. I was terrified of being handcuffed and being forced to lie so to speak in the back of a pickup truck, in the pan of a pickup truck being driven as recklessly in my view.   They took me over to the cell block, told the officer to take my possessions and throw me into a cell. The cell, probably about eight by eight cell, contained five other people. I later found out that one of those detainees was Tyrel Hyde and another was Brian Hyde, but at that point I was feeling so ill. The cell was so dark; there is no light in it. I didn’t even know they were there. Attorney Oswald Twist came to check on me. So when they brought me out of the cell, I told him and the female sergeant in charge that I wasn’t feeling well—that I needed medical attention. Some of the male officers that made noise of protestation, but she had me taken back to the cell and a few minutes later had me transferred to the Western Regional Hospital where they found out my blood pressure had soared to 280/160. I spent the night there early in the morning I had a crisis situation because my blood pressure fell too low and the doctors thought I was having a seizure. I agree with them.  I felt just the nearest I’ve been to death in many, many years.”

Jose Sanchez

“Prior to the incident, you had no knowledge of these computers; never seen them?”

Glenn Tillett

“No I did not know they were there. Tyrel and his mother are involved in a business where they print jigsaw puzzles and my daughter said that when he brought the equipment, he told her that this was equipment they had gotten to use in their business. I didn’t query it. I was not aware of its existence and in truth I had no reason to believe or to doubt so to speak.”

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10 Responses for “Glenn Tillett relates his detention”

  1. chad says:

    but isn’t this an obvious abuse of power. wasn’t doug singh supposed to put an end to this type of thing.

  2. Do it right says:

    Listen, if police finds stolen items in your house they will charge whoever is in the house. Thats common knowledge. So bc you a political figure they shouldnt have arrested you. Come on Glenn. You and your attorneys are fools. Unfortunate incident caused by your family but thats how the law works. You didnt need to hold a press conference to try make it look like you were victimized when this is the procedure for anyone. You were victimized by your family member that hid the computers there. Its him you should be going after.

  3. me says:

    Stop complaining, and let it be a lesson of life. You cannot trust people to be putting things in your house. The fact is you were caught with stolen goods in your house. there are consequences to that….Plain and Simple.

  4. REALITY says:

    Come on Chad, Abuse of Power? Where, that was procedures taken….If a stolen equiment is in my house with out knowledge I am bound to be dealth with…. Who is Glenn so….Come on be real the stolen items was in HIS HOUSE

  5. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    Give the devil his due, the police have done the right thing, Glen you have a very evil family member in Tyrel Hyde who cares about no one but himself to have dropped off these stolen goods at your residence, if you should be upset at anyone it should be him. Remember My Legacy B4 My People.

  6. comply then complain says:

    If you are innocent as you say you are then just comply, take it as a learning experience. U as a civilian can not say that the officer was driving recklessly because they are trained in their area, and that is the job of the police to maintain law and order, and who are you not to comply with the officers direction, have you heard of “Comply then Complain”. Until proven innocent, if you are innocent. POLICE

  7. Elgin Martinez says:

    It’s in the pan of a pickup truck that most detained Belizeans are transported to the Police station.What did Glenn Tillet expected?to be transported in an Escalade.You are guilty until proven innocent Sir.I mean until they found out how those computers got to your house.The eight by eight cells are also the cells that the average Belizeans are thrown into.

  8. Numenorean says:

    Two people so far have said in these comments that you are guilty until proven innocent. That is not the truth. The opposite is true. Police should not be doing this to people.

  9. Eye in the Sky says:

    Dat da what happen to you if you buy or handle stolen goods and are PUP.

  10. B grovy says:

    There are real victims of police misconduct,and you are not one….

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