Curlan Phillips denied bail for attempted murder charge Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

Curlan Phillips, a resident and laborer of Tigris Street in Belize City, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in connection to a shooting incident which occurred on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 on Jones Street. Phillips was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was only read charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm upon Inmar Welch although two men were shot and injured.

According to police, on Wednesday, March 18, 2017 at around 6:20 p.m., they received information of shots being fired on Jones Street, Belize City. As a result, DC Jaime Arzu along with other CIB officers visited the KHMH where they saw two male persons suffering from gunshot injuries.

They were identified as 26-year old Inmar Welch, a Belizean fisherman of Freedom Street, and 27-year-old Aspinal Welch, a resident of the same address. Inmar was seen suffering from a single gunshot wound to the left foot while Aspinal was seen suffering from a gunshot injury to the lower back.

Initial police investigations revealed that at approximately 6:15 that evening, Inmar was socializing in front of a house located on Jones Street, when an X-Terra type vehicle drove up and an occupant opened fire on him. Aspinal was coming from the direction of Jane Usher Boulevard to Freedom Street when he was approached by the same person driving the X-Terra and was shot. Phillips was detained on Monday, November 15, 2017 by police.

In court, where Phillips was unrepresented, no plea was taken from Phillips. Due to the nature of the offenses, he was denied bail and remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison. When asked why he should be granted bail, Phillips said that it was unfair for the police to wait until just before Christmas to levy charges against him and that he is the father of a baby boy who was born with a hole in his heart and that he is the sole provider for his family. He also asked the court to consider that the victim is his cousin who has decided that he wants no court action against him.

Unfortunately for him, Magistrate Ford explained to him that due to the nature of the crime and the strength of the prosecution’s case, bail could not be granted. He was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until January 29, 2017.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:29