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Cop gets off Charges of taking Motor Vehicle without Authorization Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 January 2013 00:00

HarwinOn Friday, January 18th charges against police constable, Marvin Wade, his brother, Jason Wade and, Herwin Godoy were withdrawn for want of prosecution. The men had been charged with taking a motor vehicle without authority and handling stolen goods after a 2009 Toyota Hilux was taken from the Ministry of Health’s compound in Belize City on May 8th, 2012. At the time, surveillance cameras had caught a man dressed in camouflage jump over the perimeter fence and made off with the pickup truck.

The men appeared before Magistrate, Hettie Mae Stuart, where the court prosecutor told the court that he will not be offering any evidence in the case against the men because they have no evidence against them. With that Magistrate Stuart told the men they were free to go as the charges were withdrawn from against them.

Present in court with the men were their attorney, Bryan Neal, who said he never had to make any submission on behalf of his client since the prosecutor had no evidence.

Police Officer Marvin Wade, along with his brother, Jason and Godoy, a KHMH attendant were charged about two weeks after the Government vehicle was taken from the Central Medical Region Compound in Belize City on May 8th 2012. At about 7:30p.m. on May 19th, 2012, police reported that they had intercepted the stolen vehicle in Burrell Boom where they claim they found the Wades and Godoy inside. In a statement to police, Godoy told police that on May 19th, 2012, at around 7:30 p.m., he and his cousin, Marvin Wade, left Belize City to Biscayne Village in a grey Toyota Camry to go to pick up Wade’s brother, Jason and bring him to Belize City for a concert.

Upon their arrival in Biscayne Village, according to Godoy, they had to wait for Marvin’s brother, Jason who was out hunting. At 9:00 p.m., they began to head back to Belize City and while heading through the Sandhill area, Marvin asked to stop at a Chinese store in the village to get some alcoholic beverages. It is at this time, after he had parked his vehicle in front of a Chinese store, when he heard a loud bang which sounded like a gunshot.

According to Godoy, one of the men approached him and said, “Come out of the vehicle.” He said he was ordered to step out of his vehicle and to lay on the ground which he did. The officers then informed him that he would conduct a search in the vehicle and that’s when police said that he found marijuana on one of them and that they would escort them to the Ladyville Police Station. At the station, they learnt that they were being detained pending a theft investigation.