Counterfeit money lands La Democracia Villager in court Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

Nijah Brandon, a 23-year-old construction worker of La Democracia Village, was before the court on Monday, November 27, 2017 to answer to a single charge of possession of counterfeit currency.

Police allegations are that on Thursday, November 23, 2017, Brandon was found in possession of 2 $50 Belizean currency notes while at an address on Pelican Street in Belize City.

CIB officers, PC Fuller and PC Camara, did a house search on Pelican Street in Belize City where Brandon was met sitting on a sofa inside the house. Brandon was informed that a search would be done on him for illegal drugs and firearms and during the search, police found 2 $50 notes inside his pants pocket. Further inspection of the notes revealed that they were counterfeit.

In court, Brandon who was represented by attorney Simeon Sampson, pleaded guilty to the charge with an explanation. His attorney, informed the court that they were not yet privy to the facts of the case and the evidence that the police were relying on to prove the charge against his client. With that, Inspector Egbert Castillo provided the defence with a copy of the facts of the case. Magistrate Michelle Trapp allowed the defence time to read the facts. After reading the facts, Brandon was asked if he still maintained his plea. He said that while he agreed with the facts in the police report, he never knew that the notes were counterfeit.

He explained that on that day, he went to a friend’s house and realized that he had no passage money to get back home to La Democracia so he offered to sell his shoe. He said his friend found him a buyer and while he was asking for $140.00, the person paid him $130.00. He went to receive the money and did not know that it was counterfeit.

As a result, a not guilty plea was entered and since there was no objection to bail, it was offered to him in the sum of $200 plus one surety of the same. Unfortunately for Brandon, shortly after he was able to secure his bail, CIB attached to the Ladyville formation detained him. Brandon is a suspect in a murder that has occurred in that jurisdiction.

In court, his attorney said that police have had his client in custody since Thursday, November 23, 2017 and has not been able to charge him for any murder but he was informed that they will be taking him back into custody pending a murder investigation.

Brandon is due back in court on January 29, 2018.