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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 13 May 2010 00:00

PC Alpheus ParhamOn Tuesday, May 11, Police Constable Alpheus Parham appeared in the Magistrates Court to face a charged of one count of murder upon 31-year-old Alex Gough.

At about 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, Gough was detained and escorted to the Caye Caulker Police Station for disorderly

conduct and assaulting a police officer. It all started at Lazy Lizard bar where Gough was drinking and later got into an altercation. Police were called to defuse the situation. However, eyewitnesses say that when police arrived on the scene one of them roughed up Gough and punched him in the face. A friend of his explained that an officer said, “Watch what will happen to you when you reach the station.”

Reports are that when Gough arrived at the station he continued to make noise and act disorderly. Parham went to the cell block area and confronted him. PC Federico Tush, who was the diarist at the time, reported that he heard a loud bang. Shortly after, Parham exited the cell block, handed over his weapon and left the station. When Tush checked the cell he saw Gough in a sitting position bleeding from a single gunshot wound to the forehead. It was not until Monday that Parham was arrested and charged. In court he was unrepresented. No plea was taken due to the nature of the offense and he was remanded to the Hattieville Prison until his next court appearance on June 14.
Incidents involving police officers have become common. On Tuesday Cabinet issued a release stating that a full-fledged plan will be unveiled on June 2 to address and punish rogue behaviour in the Police Department. Until then the department will continue to address the problem and Cabinet will make available all the necessary resources.