Cop pleads guilty to damaging reporter’s Cellphone Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

 A cop who back in December 2013 slapped a phone out of a reporter’s hands must now pay the court 0 and compensation to the owner in the sum of ,000.

Police Constable, Joslyn Gill, 31, who is one of 3 cops who were allegedly involved  in the shakedown of Belmopan resident, Thyrel Hyde in December 2013 was charged with damage to property on Tuesday April 22.

On the day he was arraigned on a charge of theft, Gill slapped a Galaxy S4 phone out of the hands of reporter, Daniel Ortiz of Channel 7 causing it to fall to the ground and break its screen.

Gill reappeared in court on Tuesday where he was charged with a single count of damage to property for the Samsung Galaxy S4 cellphone valued at $2,000, property of Daniel Ortiz of Channel 7.

 Allegations are that on December 13, 2013, Gill, one of three police officers charge for theft in the Thyrel Hyde incident hit the cell phone which was in Ortiz’s hands and broke it.

He appeared before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith where he wasted no time and pleaded guilty to one count of damage to property. He was ordered to pay the court a fine of $100 plus $5.00 cost of court which he was able to pay immediately. In default of that $100 fine he would have spent 2 months in jail. He was additionally ordered to pay $2,0000 compensation to Ortiz for the cellphone. The compensation is to be done by May 16, 2014, in default distress will be ordered.

On the day of the incident, Gill tried to block Ortiz from taking his picture as he was being arraigned in court for the theft charges.

Gill still faces that charge of theft along with two other police officers, Reymundo Requeña and Edgar Teul. That case is still before the court and was adjourned for June 30, 2014.  He has been out on bail since December for that theft.