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Messenger charged with fake dealer’s license and driving unregistered vehicle Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

A messenger with Home Protector Insurance was arraigned on two charges, a criminal offense and a traffic offense, on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. He is 32-year-old Charles Requena of Fuller’s Lane in Belize City. Requena appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford to answer to two charges, one count of uttering upon a false document and one count of driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

The allegations are that on Thursday, November 16, 2017, he uttered a Belize City Dealer’s License dated August 2017 knowing it to be forged. Further allegations are that on that same day, he drove a Lincoln Zephyr without it being registered.

According to police, at about 3:25 p.m., PC Sammy Castillo was conducting a vehicle checkpoint on Water Lane along with PC Mervin Mendez when a Lincoln Zephyr approached the checkpoint. PC Castillo requested the driver’s license and Dealers License which he produced.

Upon inspection of the Dealer’s General License, PC Castillo observed that the document was dated August 4, 2017 and expires on August 4, 2018. The office stamp was faded and it appeared to be false. PC Castillo inquired with the driver whose name was learnt to be Charles Requena and asked him if he had the original Dealers General License but police say Requena told them he only had a copy which he produced.

PC Castillo then visited the Belize City Traffic Department and inquired about the Dealer’s License where he learnt that it had expired on February 10, 2017. He was charged with driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

In court where Requena was unrepresented, he pleaded not guilty to the criminal charge and guilty to the traffic offense. Senior Magistrate Ford deferred handing down a sentence upon Requena for the guilty plea until the trial for the other matter is dealt with.

Before taking a plea for the matter, Requena was asked if he wanted the uttering a false document charge to be dealt with summarily or on indictment and he chose to have the matter be dealt with on indictment so a plea was taken to which he pleaded not guilty.

There was no objection to bail by the Prosecutor Inspector Hector Rodriguez. Bail was granted to him in the sum of $2,500 plus one surety of the same amount. His next court date is set for February 1, 2018.