Ex-police officer charged with arson Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Brandon Hertular, an ex-police officer who has been convicted before on a charge of theft, is facing a serious charge of arson. Hertular, who is now occupied as a fisherman, appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s court on Monday, May 14, 2018 on a charge of arson. The allegations against Hertular are that on May 2, 2018, he damaged a butane gas tank and several pieces of lumber. The items were all property of Sherlett Hyde and valued a total of $1,540.

Because arson is an indictable offense that can only be tried in the Supreme Court, no plea was taken. There was no objection to bail and he was granted bail in the sum of $3,500 which he was able to meet. He is due back in court on July 18, 2018.

On March 4, 2012, while occupied as a Police Constable, Hertular was accused of burglarizing the residence of Shirley Chicas during a home invasion. Due to insufficient evidence to substantiate the charge of burglary, the prosecutor, Danella Hawke, only pursued the charge of theft. The allegations against Hertular were that while dressed in camouflage, he entered a home in Buttonwood Bay and stole a number of items including cash and a firearm. He was found guilty of that charge of theft.