Municipal Court Prosecutor Out on Bail from Gun Charge Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

Joseph Nunez, 40, is out on bail after he spent three weeks on remand for gun and ammunition charges. He is a former police officer who is now employed as a Municipial Court Prosecutor but the law man is in trouble with the law after he was busted with a firearm loaded with 15 live rounds of ammunition on Sunday, June 22.

Nunez was busted shortly after he intervened in a domestic dispute between a friend and his friend’s wife. According to reports, Nunez convinced his friend, who was intoxicated, to hand over his licensed firearm because the argument with his wife was getting heated and out of control. Nunez took away the gun, got on his motorcycle and headed for home. Unfortunately, police spotted Nunez riding the cycle with no helmet and no back light. The officers stopped Nunez and as they approached him he informed them that he had a gun on him. The firearm is licensed to his friend who is a security guard. Nunez does not have a gun license and as a result he was arrested and charged for being in possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license.   

On Friday, June 27, Nunez appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Herbert Panton. He was represented by Alifah-Elrington Hyde and Dickie Bradley. His attorneys asked the court to allow them time to seek the intervention of the DPP Cheryl Lyn Vidal who had been occupied in the Court of Appeals. Bradley told the court that he sees no reason why the matter could not be stood down since, in his belief, from the facts of the case Nunez did nothing wrong. A break was given until two that afternoon at which time Nunez was read the charges. He pleaded not guilty and due to the nature of the offense bail could not have been granted.

After waiting the amount of time mandated by law, Nunez’s attorney applied for bail at the Supreme Court. Justice Herbert Lord approved Nunez’s bail application on Friday, July 18. There was no objection to bail by the Director of Public Prosecution and bail was granted in the sum of $6,000 plus two sureties of $3,000 each. Nunez was able to make bail and was released. Nunez must report to the Queen Street Police Station every Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. until his case is disposed of. He was also ordered not to interfere with any of the prosecution’s witnesses. He is due back in court on August 13.