Security Guard charged with ammunition offence Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

On Monday April 28, security guard, Mauricio Perez, 34, was taken before Magistrate Ann Marie Smith where was read a single charge of kept ammunition without being granted a gun license.

Allegations are that on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, he kept in his possession, a black in color magazine containing 7 live rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 5 live rounds of luger brand ammunition and 2 live rounds of Aguila brand ammunition.

In court, Perez pleaded not guilty to the charge but due to the nature of the offense, he was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until June 17, 2014.

Perez’s attorney, Nazira Espat was seeking to have the matter thrown out since he was originally arrested by police on Tuesday April 22 and was not charged until Friday April 25 however he did not appear in court until Monday April 28. Espat in a submission to the court, stated that her client was in custody over 48 hours with no charges until some three days later when he was served with a charge sheet.  The delay in processing her client was because of the arresting officer being on day off.

Espat stated that her client rights were violated and she asked the Chief to strike out the matter based on that. Prosecutor in the case Sgt. Egbert Castillo submitted to the court that at this juncture, the matter of whether or not Mauricio Perez’s constitutional rights had been violated is up to the Supreme Court to decide and not the Magistrate’s court.

The Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith was of the same view and with that she went ahead and read the charge to Perez.

After the arraignment Espat told us that she is taking the matter of her client to the Supreme Court as she is preparing all the necessary documents to do so since last week.