Phillip Bowen guilty of robbery and aggravated assault. Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 February 2016 00:00

After being on remand at the Belize Central Prison for eight months, Phillip Bowen, 22, is now a full serving convict for the offense of robbery and aggravated assault.

Bowen was convicted of hijacking Harry Holder’s Nissan taxi car and assaulting two police officers. In court Holder testified that on June 28, 2015, Bowen got into his taxi at Cinderella Plaza and asked to be taken to 88 Shopping Center on Central American Boulevard. Just as they were passing the Puma Freetown Gas Station, Bowen pulled out a gun, placed it at the back of his head and told him to stop the vehicle. Fearing for his life, Holder jumped out of the moving vehicle and ran to safety. Bowen then went with the vehicle. As he sped across the Belcan Bridge, PC Anson Simpson and PC Argazabad Sankey intercepted him at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Mahogany Street. Bowen refused to stop when told to do so by the officers and that led to a high speed chase. The taxi went up the boulevard and into Antelope Street Extension where the officers cornered him at a U turn area. The officers reported that this was when Bowen slowed down the taxi, and fired a single shot in their direction. PC Simpson took out his service firearm and fired a shot back at Bowen. Bowen sped off and crashed shortly after in a nearby drain on Antelope Street Extension. Bowen was not inside the vehicle when the officers caught up to it. However, he left behind his personal cellphone with a picture of him on the screen. He was later apprehended and charged.

In court on Wednesday, February 17, Bowen was unrepresented when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. He chose to remain silent during the trial and was found guilty. He was sentenced to seven years for the robbery and two years each for the aggravated assault charges. The sentences are to run concurrently, hence he will only serve 7 years. In mitigation, Bowen asked the court for leniency. The Chief Magistrate then took into consideration the eight months he had been on remand and deducted it from the 7 year sentence.