Alleged robbers on bail Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

Two persons, a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old minor, were before the court on Thursday, November 16, 2017. They were charged in connection to an attempted robbery of two men in Belize City and for allegedly causing a wound to one of them during a struggle.

The 19-year-old has been identified as Degron Joseph, a student of King’s College. Joseph and his accomplice were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on separate charges of robbery to which they both pleaded not guilty to.

The allegations are that they committed the offense by use of force but not with a firearm upon two friends whilst on Orange Street in Belize City. The two victims, Oscar Itza and Dennis Eck, were both walking together on Orange Street between the hours of 7 and 8 p.m. when they were approached by the two male persons. The men demanded that they hand over everything they had in their possession. Itza and Eck resisted and prevented the men from robbing them.

Joseph was the first to be arraigned. He was read a single charge of attempted robbery upon Oscar Itza which is alleged to have occurred on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in Belize City. The minor was read two criminal offenses, one count of attempted robbery upon Dennis Eck and one count of wounding upon Eck.

The prosecutor, Inspector Hector Rodriguez, had no objection to bail being granted to them but he asked the court to set conditions to their bail. In the case of Joseph, Senior Magistrate Ford offered him bail in the sum of $4,000 plus one surety of the same or two sureties of $2,000 each. She ordered him to not interfere with the virtual complainant or any of his family members whether directly or indirectly. He is also not to interfere with any of the prosecutor’s other witnesses in the case and he is to stay 100 yards away from the virtual complainant. He was also ordered not to be charged for any other offense whilst out on bail or his bail will be revoked.

The minor, whose mother was present at the arraignment, was given the same bail amount. His mother had to sign for him. Senior Magistrate Ford ordered that a social inquiry report be done on the minor and be furnished to the court and that he and his mother must visit the Community Rehabilitation Department office.

Both Joseph and the minor are due back in court on December 27, 2017.