Cops Appear in Court for Alleged Shake Down of Thyrel Hyde Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

Police officers 42-year-old Reymundo Requena and 30-year-old Joslyn Gill appeared in the Belize City Magistrate Court on Tuesday, February 11th, to face charges for the alleged shake down of Thyrell Hyde. Edgar Teul, who is the third police officer to have allegedly participated in the crime, did not show up to court.

Hyde claims that on the night of September 8th, 2013 he was in a vehicle in the Buttonwood Bay area when police came to search. According to Hyde, the search turned into a shakedown as officers took away cash he had in his pocket as well $1,500 he had in an envelope. He alleges that the officers then took him to an ATM where he was forced to use his card to withdraw money - $260. The officers then let him go. The ATM transaction was captured on tape with police officers supervising Hyde’s actions. The video evidence was enough for arrests to be made and the three officers were arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court in December, 2013.

The case has been transferred to the Belize City jurisdiction in front of Magistrate Dale Cayetano. Because Magistrate Cayetano was not the presiding judge at the beginning of the trial, he adjourned the case until April 17th.