Orlando Vera, ballistics expert denied bail Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

On June 9, 2017, Supreme Court Judge, Hon. Justice Herbert Lord, heard a bail application for convicted prisoner, Orlando Vera. Vera is the Belize Police Department Ballistic Examiner who, on June 1, 2017, was convicted of the offense of abetment to pervert the course of justice. He was recorded by Belmopan businessman, Michael Modiri, during a meeting. On the recording, he was heard telling Modiri that he could help him win his gun case by tampering with evidence to allow the case to crumble.

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith agreed with the DPP that the offense for which Vera was convicted of was one that was a very serious offense and instead of imposing a fine for the first time offender, she sentence him to 2 years imprisonment. His attorney, Anthony Sylvester who has already appealed the conviction and sentence, took Vera’s case to the Supreme Court in hopes that bail would be granted to him.

Judge Lord gave his oral ruling in the matter on June 13, 2017. Bail was denied on several grounds and Vera was further remanded into custody. The date set for hearing is July 6, 2017.