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Zachary Knox is denied bail after being accused of shooting a police officer Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 November 2017 00:00

A Belizean/American national and construction worker of Faber’s Road Extension, 21-year-old Zachary Knox, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on November Thursday, November 2, 2017 on a single charge of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting at a police officer. The shooting incident is said to have occurred on September 18, 2017 in Belize City.

Knox was unrepresented before Magistrate Michelle Trapp where he was read a single charge of aggravated assault upon police officer, Jefferson Dawson, with a deadly weapon, a charge to which he pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor in the case, Cpl. Kennard Clark, submitted that while the Crimes and Criminal Justice Act allows persons accused of committing an offense with a firearm to be entitled bail, Knox was caught at the Phillip Goldson International Airport attempting to flee the country after the incident.

Knox was asked to give the court, in writing, any special circumstance as to why he should be granted bail but failed to do so. As a result, Knox was denied bail and was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until January 10, 2107.

Knox has been previously convicted of an aggravated assault with a firearm upon a police. On February 3, 2017, he was sentenced to prison for attempting to shooting ACP Chester Williams.