Gary Yearwood spends four days in prison for firearm accusations Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

After spending four nights in lockdown at the Belize Central Prison, 39-year-old network designer, Gary Yearwood, is out on Supreme Court bail. Yearwood appeared on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 before Justice Colin Williams, who granted Yearwood bail. The crown, represented by Crown Counsel Riis Cattouse, had no objections to bail. With that, Justice Williams granted bail in the sum of $10,000 plus two sureties of $5,000 each. Yearwood is to report to the Queen Street Police Station every Friday beginning January 11, 2019. He is not to have any contact with the victim, his estranged common-law wife, and with such, Justice Williams ordered that any arrangements for the welfare of their children be done through a third party.

In court, he was represented by Liesje Barrow-Chung who successfully secured bail for Yearwood. Barrow-Chung submitted that Yearwood is a diabetic, said that he has a possibility of losing the job he has managed to keep for over 20 years, which could in turn affect his children to whom he is the sole provider. She went on to say that due to the lack of investigation into the matter, the victim’s statement was not corroborated.

On Friday, January 4, 2019, Yearwood was first arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on a single count of aggravated assault with a firearm. Due to the allegations of a gun being used during the incident, he was denied bail and remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until March 2019 until his Supreme Court bail application was granted.

The alleged incident is said to have occurred on January 1, 2019 at Yearwood’s home in Los Lagos. In a report made by Yearwood’s estranged common-law wife, Royann Riverol, she was traveling on the Phillip Goldson Highway toward Belize City with her mother and sister. She saw Yearwood traveling in the opposite direction with a woman in the passenger seat and it was then that she made a 180-degree turn and followed Yearwood to his Los Lagos home. She confronted Yearwood, asking who the woman in the vehicle was, and admitted to slapping Yearwood. He drew his licensed  9mm firearm and pointed it to her. Fearing for her life, Riverol says that she made her way to the Ladyville Police Station where she reported the incident.

Yearwood handed himself over to the police on January 3, 2019 where he was arrested and charged on one count of aggravated assault with a firearm. He has maintained that he never drew his firearm.