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Feb 29, 2012

Who torched Politician Dr. Smith’s car?

It’s down to the last leg of campaigning before the elections on March seventh. There has been the usual mudslinging between the political parties on the airwaves and vandalism of street signs. But it appears that the political rivalry has gone too far and has become dangerous. On Tuesday night, the vehicle of the P.U.P. Pickstock standard bearer was set on fire at a gas station. According to police reports, witnesses saw a green vehicle with no license plates parked next to Dr. Francis Smith’s Mercedes Benz at the New Road gas station shortly before it went up in flames. The green vehicle then sped off toward Douglas Jones Street. Dr. Smith told News Five today that while burning his vehicle over an election is bad enough, it is pure stupidity to start a fire at a gas station.

Dr. Francis Smith, P.U.P. Standard Bearer, Pickstock Division

Francis Smith

“Last night at around twelve, I would say, I was called by the lady who works with me on the campaign, Ms. Carla Young. She told me that my vehicle was on fire. So I came out and I saw the staff from the Fire Department putting out flames along with the officers from the CIB.”

Delahnie Bain

“Clearly this is a case of arson?”

Dr. Francis Smith

“Oh yes. There were witnesses around who saw a car come by. The car parked next to my vehicle and they said someone came out and—I’m not sure of the details but definitely it’s a case of arson.”

Delahnie Bain

“Was it a regular thing during your campaign for the vehicle to be left out here?”

Dr. Francis Smith

“Well at times because this is where Ms. Young lives. So she would leave it along where the other vehicles are parked. It wasn’t usually left at this spot so near to the streets; we would usually leave it under the canopy there where the cameras are with Mr. Guerra’s permission. But last night well, it was parked there on the side and that’s what occurred.”

Delahnie Bain

“Was the car parked in a position where it could have caused further danger? I mean this is a gas station.”

Dr. Francis Smith

“It was, absolutely. In a gas station it’s prohibited to light your cigarette and you should even be using your cell phones because these things trigger a fire because there are fumes. This car was parked virtually over the tanks so this was absolute stupidity for someone to set that car on fire.”

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5 Responses for “Who torched Politician Dr. Smith’s car?”

  1. Rod says:

    People be vigilant the udp gov. Is desperate to stay in power and will do anything to stay in power so sleep with one eye open until this parasite infested gov is swept away by the people of this great nation but if unu want more murders and crime rapes corruption another 150 murders a year then I say vote for udp and baldness barrow.

  2. belizeanpride says:

    this is not the UDP gov. burning people vehicle it’s the people that are so fanatic of their party that stupidity gains control of their feeling and do stupid things that can be very catastrophic. burning a car close to a gas station really, really that’s absolutely stupid. that’s why i say political fanatics are getting more crazy than ever, i ain’t no party sider but what’s wrong is wrong.
    find the hooligans and have them pay for the car plus a 3yrs in prison for their stupidity and risking further damages to the gas station.

  3. Sniper says:

    The problem with a democratic system is that it’s still the government that wins. I say no one vote and we rid ourselves of the biggest problem any country has ever had.

  4. dj x says:

    things will get worst after election day …so better jost vote and stay home …

  5. Storm says:

    Hitler’s Brown Shirts terrorized the opposition with arson and other violence — how did that work out for the German people?

    Political violence is only intended to crush democracy and the free vote of the people. It is comparable to treason.

    Maybe politically-motivated offences should have DOUBLE the prison term of “regular” crimjes.


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