Trio accused of the Theft of Raw Sugar granted Bail Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Ernel Brooks, 30, Alex “Lexus” O’Brien, 35, and O’Brien’s father, Oscar Mena, 68, all fishermen, re-appeared in the Magistrate’s Court, on Friday, July 20, and were granted of bail, after they had been remanded two weeks for allegedly stealing over 100 tons of raw sugar from the Belize Sugar Industry between the months of April and July.

The trio appeared before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer, who explained to the men that bail could not be offered at the usual amount in reference to the charge of theft, since the quantity of the alleged stolen sugar was great.

She also told the men that the bail must reflect the cost of the items and so, she then granted bail in the sum of $30,000 each.

And while O’Brien and Mena were able to meet bail, Brooks was unable to and he was remanded back to prison until October 18, the date when all three are due back in court.

Linberth Seguro, chief security at the Belize Sugar Industry Storage

Division, reported that sometime between the months of April and July 2012, approximately 125 tons of raw sugar was stolen   from different barges that were docked at Drown Caye, located about 5 Miles East of Belize City. The stolen sugar is valued at $125,000.

Police then launched an investigation and later visited Mena’s house, located on Riverside Street, in the Saint Martin area. Allegedly, police found half a sack of raw brown sugar along with an empty sack.

The men re-appeared unrepresented, but their respective relatives have sought legal advice from a local attorney.