Two Years for Attempting to assemble a Firearm in Prison Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:00

Cecil CastilloOn Friday December, 7th, 27-year-old Cecil Castillo was found guilty of attempting to assemble a firearm whilst inside prison. Castillo appeared before Magistrate Adolph Lucas. 

On the evening of Wednesday, May 29th, 2012 whilst an inmate at the Belize Central Prison Castillo was caught with the firearm on his bunk bed by a prison officer. According to the officer, Castillo admitted that the firearm was his, despite the fact that three other inmates were inside the cell.

At the end of the prosecution's case, Kaysha Grant, the Crown’s representative was able to prove the charge against Castillo and  Magistrate Lucas found him guilty. Castillo had nothing to say in mitigation and was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment effective October 4th, 2012 when the charge for keeping a prohibited firearm was downgraded to attempting to assemble a firearm without a gun license.

Castillo, also known as “Sadiki”, was on remand at the Belize Central Prison for the crime of murder, which occurred in the Cayo District.He is awaiting trial for that crime. Castillo has already managed to beat two different attempted murder charges and is also awaiting a firearm trial pending a verdict.

The firearm with which Castillo was found was made out of PVC, hard plastic, rubber, and a sausage can but could not function as a gun since it was not capable of firing.