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“Battery” charged for attempted murder against cops Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

On Wednesday May 7, Brandon Smith, aka “Battery” was remanded to the Belize Central Prison along with 28-year-old Alrick Smith, a Mechanic of #19 Matron Robert Street in Belize City, after they were accused of trying to kill four Belize City Police Officers, on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The incident occurred during a shootout with police on Mahogany Street in Belize City whilst the uniformed men were in the execution of their duties as police officers.

On Monday of this week, May 5, both Smiths saw the charge struck out for want of prosecution when the case file was not available in the court room when the matter came up. The prosecutor told the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith that the case file was at the DPP’s office at the time. With that explanation the Chief Magistrate, struck out the matter for want of prosecution warning the men that the charge could be brought back at any time. That happened on Wednesday and the charges were brought back.

The men appeared before Magistrate, Hettie Mae Stewart  where Brandon Smith told the magistrate that he has already served 90 days for this very same charge and that it was struck out on Monday. Magistrate Stewart told him however that while that may be true, the matter was lodged back before the court and all she could do was to read him the charges without taking a plea and that bail could not be offered due to the nature of the offenses.

   That did not go well with Smith who in his own defense questioned why it was that he must now do another 90 days on remand for an old charge. Despite his questioning in court, the charges were read to him.

  The two Smiths where then recharged with the March 16, 2013 attempted murder upon the life of PC # 683, Mark Tzul, PC#1058,Wayne Trapp, PC #1321, Teril Reyes and PC#1191, Abner Pasqual. Allegations are that on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at about 12:30 a.m., while police were processing the shooting scene of Leon Humes which occurred at 11:25 p.m., on Friday, March 15, 2013, a blue in color 4 door Mercury car bearing license plate, BZ-3482 drove up suddenly at the corner of poinsettia and Black Orchid Street. The vehicle was immediately pursued by a marked Police vehicle and a motorcycle patrol team causing the car to run into a drain and Brandon Smith, a passenger inside the vehicle was seen exiting the car with a pistol.  He then began to fire shots towards the police. The police returned fire towards the car and as a result, the driver, who has since been identified as Alrick Smith, 28, laborer and Mechanic of the Ladyville area was shot once in the abdomen.