|Teenager charged with murder of Iyan Anthony Arnold|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 26 August 2010 00:00|
On Friday August 20, funeral services were held at the Wesley Methodist Church for the late Iyan Anthony Arnold, 35, the Caretaker of Wesley College who served them for more than ten years. He was laid to rest at Homeland Memorial located at mile 8 on the Western Highway.
Just as his funeral service began, 18-year-old Kirk Smith was being escorted to the Belize Family Court. He was taken there since he was believed to be a minor aged only 17. When he appeared however, it was learnt that he was actually 18 and under the law was considered an adult.
After his age was confirmed, he was escorted to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court where he was arraigned in Court #6 before Magistrate Dorothy Flowers on a single charge of murder.
Smith Jr., who appeared unrepresented in court, is an unemployed resident of the Back-a-town area of Hattieville. No plea was taken since murder is an indictable offense and Magistrate Flowers explained to him that at a given date, a Preliminary Inquiry will be held and if there is sufficient evidence against him then the matter will be committed to the Supreme Court for trial and that’s where a plea will be taken from him.
On Sunday, August 15, at about 9:15 p.m. on Berkeley Street, a lone gunman attacked Arnold as he was about to open his gate. Arnold was hit three times at close range and collapsed to the ground.
Arnold worked as a caretaker at Wesley College for ten years. He was described as a very quiet and very respectable person in society.
The arrest of Smith came a day after police got information from eyewitnesses putting him to the scene of the murder. Iyan Anthony Arnold leaves to mourn his son, Iyan Arnold Jr. and both parents.