Brandon Smith charged for Illegal firearm and ammunition Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:00

Brandon Smith, 18, has been removed from the Belize Central Prison after he was granted bail by the Supreme Court. Smith was on remand for allegedly keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Police say that at about 8:45 a.m. on February 16 they caught Smith at the corner of Kut Avenue and Amara Avenue in possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition. According to reports, police on mobile patrol noticed the teenager acting suspiciously and advanced to conduct a search on him. The weapon was found in his pants waist. Smith was arrested and charged as a result.

Brandon Smith appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on Thursday, March 4, and was read two firearm related offenses; one count of keeping a prohibited weapon for a homemade firearm and one count of keeping ammunition without a gun license for one cartridge. In court he was represented by Attorney Audrey Matura Shepherd who informed the Chief Magistrate that she already went to the Supreme Court to apply for bail on behalf of her client. Smith pleaded not guilty to the charges and due to the nature of the offenses he was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until June 10, 2016. However, he was granted Supreme Court bail on Friday evening by Justice Adolph Lucas. Bail was granted in the sum of $7,500 plus one surety of the same amount with conditions that he make it to all his adjournment dates and keep the peace.

Brandon Smith is due back in court on June 10, 2016.