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Paul Smith re-arraigned on Murder Charges Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

Paul SmithOn Monday, May 6th, 18-year-old Paul Smith reappeared in Magistrate’s Court where he was charged once again for the murder of 36-year-old Stevedore, Frank Neal. The teenager had originally been remanded to the Wagner’s Facility as he was thought to be 17 years of age however; it turns out that he is actually 18 years old making him an adult.

Smith was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith where the charge of murder was read to him as an adult. The indictable matter saw no plea taken from Smith who was unrepresented in court. He was then remanded to the Belize Central Prison and is due back in Court #1 on July 4th, 2013.

On Friday, March 8th, 2013, Smith was initially arraigned on the charge of murder but as a minor since he told authorities he was 17. He was taken to the Belize Family Court to be arraigned however; he was considered a minor and a picture could not be shown. That changed with his second appearance.

Neal was gunned down on the evening of Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 after he had gone to purchase some journey cakes at a shop located on Cairo Street near its intersection with Glynn Street.
Neal, who was a frequent customer at the local journey cake shop, was met by a lone gunman who fired a single shot causing his fatal injury. He fell into a nearby drain and died shortly thereafter.