Oscar Hernandez Accused of Stealing Parts from Hon. Castro’s Tractor Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Nicaraguan national, Oscar Hernandez, is a free man after he was acquitted of a charge of theft by Magistrate Dale Cayetano on Friday, May 23. Allegations made against Hernandez are that sometime between October 1, 2012 and December 30, 2012 in Bomba Village he stole over ,000 worth of tractor parts belonging to Hon. Edmond Castro. The parts include a cylinder head valued 0.02, a set injectors valued ,211.94, a sniffler valued 9.48, a hydraulic pump valued ,589.24, an exhaust valued ,090.39, an alternator valued ,986.53 and two jacks valued , 305.94. Police investigation led to the arrest and charge of 46-year-old Oscar Hernandez. Hernandez had been incarcerated for more than a year after he was denied bail due to the uncertainty of his immigration status in Belize.

He was unrepresented in court before Magistrate Cayetano on Friday. However, the police’s case crumbled due to a number of errors made by the investigating officer. Prosecutor, Cpl. Noel Muschamp, was unable to provide pictures of the tractor parts that Hernandez had allegedly stolen. Also, there was no proof that Hernandez was ever read the charge of theft in a language he understood. The arresting officer, PC#86 Errol Anthony, testified in court that an officer by the name of Sgt. McCullock spoke Spanish and read the charge to the accused at the station. McCullock was never called to testify at court nor was a statement provided by him saying he read the charge to Hernandez in Spanish. Magistrate Cayetano dismissed the charge against Hernandez after only two witnesses had been called by the prosecutor.