Former Gracie Rock Chairman gets off charges Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 July 2011 00:00

Walter GillettFormer Village Chairman for the Gracie Rock Village who was accused of stealing money from the village council’s account at the Atlantic Bank between the period of April and May 2009 saw the 4 counts of obtaining property by deception charges dismissed.On Tuesday July 12th, 41 year-old Walter Gillett appeared before Magistrate Dorothy Flowers in Court #6 in Belize City where the court prosecutor could not produce sufficient evidence to prove the offence the chairman was charged with.

Walter, who was then the chairman of Gracie Rock village, was accused of stealing a total of $9,800 from the Gracie Rock Village Council account.

The police’s evidence was that on April 14th, 2009, a total of $4,300 was withdrawn from the council account, then on May 2nd, another amount of $2,000 and $1,000 was withdrawn and then on May 29th, a fourth amount of $2,500 was withdraw. The police’s case against Walter was that he took the money and could not give account of the cash. To prove their case they called Jacqueline Franklin, the Rural Community Development Officer who testified that she was the one who was responsible for all Village Councils in the Belize District. She further testified that on July 19th, 2009, she was asked to do an audit into the money spent by the chairman on behalf of the village council which led her to visit Atlantic Bank where she got all the statements and found that $9,800.00 had been withdrawn within a period but was unaccounted for.

In the end there was no evidence to prove that it was the former Chairman, Walter Gillett who stole the cash. There was evidence that he withdrew the cash but no evidence was shown in court that he had committed a crime.