Five charged for Possession of Police Radio Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:00

Raquel Baptist, Emmeth Baptist, Linval Baptist and Geovanni SmithOn Monday, November 5th, 50-year-old Raquel Baptist, of #628 Lavender Street, along with her two sons, Emmeth Baptist, aka “DaDa”, 25, and Linval Baptist, 27; and with 27-year-old construction worker, Geovanni Smith, a resident of Belize City and a 17-year-old minor appeared in Magistrate's Court to answer to charges of possession of a communication apparatus without a license.

In court, Emmeth Baptist, the home owner’s son pleaded guilty with an explanation. He told the Magistrate that he found the device on Mahogany Street in front of the complex building and that he was going to sell it to the owner of a security company. He further told the Magistrate that he had placed the device on his television stand and was not hiding it since he did not know what kind of radio it was.

With his explanation, the magistrate entered an equivocal plea of not guilty on his behalf. The others pleaded not guilty to the charge and they were all offered bail in the sum of $300 plus one surety of the same amount. Their case was adjourned for December 4, 2012.

Over the weekend, police officers were on mobile patrol in the Saint Martin De Pores area when they conducted a search at #628 Lavender Street in Belize City where they found the police hand held radio in Baptist's home on a television stand. Present at the time of the discovery were the five above-mentioned people who were all detained and escorted to the Queen Street Police Station since they did not have a license for the device.