Late to Court and guilty of Gun Charge Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

On August 2nd, 2011 the Anti-Drug Unit of the Police Department busted 21-year-old Jose Cocom Jr. with a sawed off shot gun. At about 1 p.m. that afternoon, police officers of the Anti-Drug Unit were on mobile patrol in Hattieville Village when they noticed a group of men standing at the Cool Spot near the roundabout. The driver of the mobile, PC Pech, and other officers exited the vehicle and approached a Hispanic man, identified as Cocom, who was acting suspiciously.  The officer informed the man that he will conduct a search on him. According to officer Pech, that was when Cocom raised up his hands and said, “Sir, I surrender and I have a gun”. Cocom was cautioned by the officer and he began to cry. He lifted up Cocom’s shirt and saw a sawed off shot gun on his waist. According to officer Pech, Cocom said, “I thief that from somebody.” He was once again cautioned about his statement. The officers then arrested and escorted Cocom to the Belize City Police Station.

Cocom was to appear in the Belize City Magistrates’ Court at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 4th, to present his defense. However, it was not until 2 p.m. that he showed up with his mother. By that time, Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer had already found him guilty of keeping an unlicensed firearm. When he showed up with his mother he was told to hand in all his properties as he was going straight to jail. Cocom’s mother became very emotional and started to cry when her son was told he was found guilty and sentenced to 3 years.