Man accused of burning minister’s vehicle to Stand Supreme Court Trial Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 00:00

Allen Martinez, a 30-year-old man who was accused of setting the vehicle belonging to Minister Patrick Faber on fire, will have to stand trial at the Supreme Court for the offense of arson. The vehicle, a grey Mazda valued at $55,000, was set on fire on October 12, 2016 in Lord’s Bank village.

In court on Thursday, July 27, 2017 where Martinez was unrepresented, he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. The Chief Magistrate concluded, after surveillance evidence was brought against Martinez, that the case needs to be committed to the Supreme Court for trial.

His case is therefore committed to stand trial at the October session of the Supreme Court which is set to commence on October 4, 2017. Martinez was granted bail in the sum of $2,000, a $500 cash bail and the balance in a signed surety, which he was able to meet.

Allegations against Martinez were that on October 12, 2016 at about 12:10 a.m., Ladyville police visited the residence of Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber after receiving information of a vehicle on fire. There they observed a Mazda CX-5 engulfed in flames. Fire personnel extinguished the flames but the vehicle was already completely destroyed. Also damaged were two surveillance cameras and the gutter to the house.

The Minister reported that his vehicle was parked in his fenced yard and was secured after which he went to sleep. It was a few minutes after midnight that he was awoken to see his vehicle engulfed in flames. He made checks on his surveillance cameras on which he saw a male person jumping over the fence of his yard. The man had a container in his possession and was seen throwing the contents around the perimeter of the vehicle. He lit the vehicle on fire and then made his way back across the fence.