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Fishermen found not guilty of gun possession Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Fishermen working at Turneffe were allegedly in possession of a firearm along with live rounds of ammunition in its chamber in July 1, 2015. The bust was made by a coast guard patrol who handed the six men to police. According to the coast guard, someone was seen throwing a gun through a window and that is why all six men on the campsite were charged. The men, Giovanni Murrillo, Emiliano Camara, Jerome Bowen, Goldburn Goff, Everon Teck, and Dion Usher, were remanded to prison and later granted bail.

At their trial on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, only three of the six showed. Two of the men were lost at sea and are now presumed dead and the sixth man just did not show.Goff, Teck, and Usher stood trial before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith who gave a verdict of not guilty. She was of the opinion that the coast guard personnel were making up the allegations against them.

According to the men on trial, they were tied up, blindfolded, pushed in the water, and forced to blow bubbles. According to Usher, after the traumatic experience, he was asked several questions about guns and drugs. The interrogation lasted for an hour and he told them he did not know what they were asking about. He was abused and threathened. The other fishermen also claimed that they were abused before being returned to Belize City on the Coast Guard vessel and handed over to the police.