Fake cops arraigned after days in lock up Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:00

After five nights in custody at the Queen Street Police Station, two men alleged to have been impersonating cops were finally arraigned on Monday, April 24, 2017. The men, who were brought before Senior Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, have been identified as Dorian Blair and Barrington Slusher. They were each read a single charge of false pretence of an officer.

Allegations are that on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the men were standing near the door of the Publics Supermarket on the Northern Highway fully dressed in what appeared to be police uniforms. They were met by actual police officers who noticed their belts. The belts were what told on them. Slusher wore a red belt and Blair wore a green one. To add to the unusual dress code, they were seen carrying a black bag with 10 plastic straps. Apparently, the men had gone into the supermarket to ask for the manager several times and to each they did not to receive a positive answer. It was believed that they may have been planning to rob the establishment.

In court, Blair was represented by attorney Oscar Selgado while Slusher was unrepresented. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge. Prosecutor in the case, Cpl. Kennard Clark, strongly objected bail. Selgado informed the court that his client was on a Supreme Court bail for a firearm. He informed Smith that Blair was already in violation of his bail conditions.

Clark asked the court to deny the men bail because of the nature of the offense. His argument is that the citizenry puts their trust into police officers and for anyone to impersonate an officer or wearing the uniform breaks that trust. “These persons need to be held accountable for their actions.” Clark concluded that if the men were let out on bail, there is the likelihood that they will commit another offense while out on bail. Selgado refrained from making any submissions and said he would leave his arguments for the Supreme Court.

Smith agreed that the men should be denied bail. As a result, both were remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July 4, 2017. Disclosure is expected by June 21, 2017.