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Oct 4, 2012

B.D.F. soldier Not Guilty of keeping 1,000 rounds

Emmerson Michael

After thirteen years of service, the fate of Belize Defence Force Sergeant, thirty-four year old Emerson Michael today landed in the hands of a jury. Charges were levied against the soldier after he left the B.D.F. compound in Lords Bank in a land rover carrying one thousand, three hundred and forty live rounds of ammunition almost four years ago. But the big question in this case was whether Michael colluded with a colleague, twenty-nine year old B.D.F. Corporal, Henry Williams to steal the ammunition or was he set up? The prosecutor, Crown Counsel Stevannie Duncan’s witnesses included B.D.F. personnel and high ranking police officers, who provided a timeline of events, starting at around two-fifteen on the afternoon of December nineteenth, 2008. At that time, Sergeant Michael, who was on standby duties, reportedly sent a text to another employee asking for the keys to the B.D.F. Echelon where the ammunition was stored. He reportedly got the keys from Jose Pech and at around five p.m. Michael and Williams were allegedly seen going to the storeroom.  Twenty minutes later, the Land rover, which had no license plates, was seen exiting the Echelon. According to the prosecution’s evidence, at eight-fifteen Michael and Williams left the compound, but were busted with the ammunition at a checkpoint near Vista Del Mar. Both officers were charged, but after being granted Supreme Court bail, Williams absconded, leaving Michael to face the charges alone. Speaking from the dock, Michael said he never went to the echelon because he knows better. The sergeant said he left the compound because he needed to pick up his wife and Williams told him there was a vehicle he wasn’t authorized to drive as a corporal, but that Michael, a sergeant had the authority to take the land rover. According to Michael, Williams wanted them to go together so that he could pick up something from his girlfriend in Belize City. He concluded, saying that prior to that night, he and Corporal Williams never worked together and that they were never friends. In summing up, Judge Adolph Lucas noted to the jurors that there is no evidence that checks were made to determine if the ammunition came from the store room of the Lords Bank compound or that any rounds were missing from the B.D.F. Echelon. He also questioned why he wasn’t charged for theft or handling stolen goods. In the end, the jury unanimously found Michael not guilty of the charge of keeping ammunition without a gun license.

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10 Responses for “B.D.F. soldier Not Guilty of keeping 1,000 rounds”

  1. I Belize it says:

    At least it was not nuclear weapons or suicide vests.

  2. Rod says:

    No one in this gov. Is ever guilty of anything .

  3. Uncle Benji says:

    Don’t get carried away. This guy is guilty as hell. The problem lies in our so called legal system. It is flawed in every which way, and loose.

    Adding to our flawed legal system is the ineptness of so many of our esteemed barristers and attornies. They are a big laughing joke. They are incompetent at what they should do best….. interpreting and application of our laws.

  4. Al says:

    I know you dont expect this Uncle Benji, I know this young man, and I can tell you, he is guilty of giving someone a ride, not for what he was charged. Trust me I am not a subjective person as you can tell by my posts. I look at everything objectively and try to be fair and impartial. This young man takes his job very seriously, he takes pride in being somebody. He lived with the fact that his younger brother was killed a few years ago for his own bicycle, with an illegal gun. I am very glad to see him free of these charges.

  5. Pedro Dolmo says:

    Failed prosecution by the DPP office once again like this is the norm everyday a failed legal system if our DPP was a Belizean we might have secured more conviction . No where in the Caribbean is there a non citizen DPP only in Belize if our Government start realizing the intelligence of our legal people believe me we would have more convictions instead of having foreigners take over our system

  6. Tashybze says:

    I am with you Al. I know this guy very very good and he’s a very great man. And we can’t find men like him anymore. I am very happy that he. Is free. Friend next time you know not to trust people even if they have a uniform on.

  7. ratty says:

    1000 rounds no jail time. Well, i got one

  8. Bear says:

    So, he had a license? Or was the jury just really stupid or paid off?

    Those are the only possibilities that come to my mind.

  9. nino says:

    Yep yep,
    is all corruption crop, now days obly count 3 things to get any thing , or get by with,1
    1 is relative
    2 is his old time friend
    3 is the money buy

  10. nino says:

    Agreed with me man.

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