Facing jail time for stealing beers Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

Businessman Ruhul Amin says that he was ambushed by a group of four men inside his shop on Saturday January 9, and one of the men stole six beers and one Smirnoff. That individual was caught on surveillance camera, according to police, and has been identified as Michael Anthony Usher, 25, of a Pinks Alley address.

Usher is out on bail after he was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrates Court before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Monday, January 11, for a single charge of theft. Amin, owner of Amin Supermarket at #16 Barrack Road, reported to police that four male person entered his shop and two came to the counter and ordered several items to keep him distracted. That is when Michael Usher, who he knows well, went to the back of the counter, took a beer and paid for it. All four then left the shop. After the men left the shop, Amin checked the surveilance camera and noticed that Usher took six other beers and one Smirnoff which he did not pay for.

In court, Usher pleaded not guilty to the charge saying that he and his boss were drinking together at Amin’s store and they were running a tab. He said he went to explain to Amin that it was his boss who would pay but at that point he was accused of theft of six Belikin beers with a total value of $16.50 and one bottle of Smirnoff at a cost o $4.50, all to a total of $21.00. 

Prosecutor, Sgt. Pitts, had heavy objection to bail for Usher saying to the court that the offense for which Usher is charged with is a very serious one and that Usher has a number of theft related offenses before the court. Pitts also pointed out that Usher knows where the victim lives and where his business place is located so there is a high possibility that he may try to interfere with him. Senior Magistrate Fraser overruled the objection and offered bail to Usher in the sum of $2,000 plus one surety of the same amount which he was unable to meet by 4:30 p.m. on Monday. He was taken to the Belize Central Prison on remand until he is able to meet bail.
Usher’s next court date is set for March 1, 2016.