Corporal and PC to stand trial for extortion Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Two police officers, a Corporal living in Corozal but working in Belize City along with a police constable from the Ladyville Area, who were accused of shaking down a student and his mother for money back in July 2017, will have to stand trial at the Supreme Court for extortion.

38-year-old Corporal, Marvin Salam, and 29-year-old Constable, Anthony Blair both officers posted at the Raccoon Street Police Station were arraign on July 19, 2017 in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for extortion. They had their Preliminary Inquiry completed on Tuesday February 19th.

The Prelimianry Inquiry concluded in a paper committal where their attorney, Anthony Sylvester, did not challenge anything that the police presented in court against his clients. Magistrate Michelle Trapp was handed number of documents by the prosecutor, Sergeant Hilberto Ruiz, which the police will be relying on to prove their case of extortion. They were then committed to stand trial at the next practical session of the Supreme Court in the Central Session set to commence on April 2, 2019.

Allegations against the cops are that on July 15, 2017, the duo demanded five thousand dollars from student, Hermant Bhojwani and his Mother, Jessica. Bhojwani claimed that he was driving along with Gabriel Taylor and Chelsea Mitchell towards Central American Boulevard when he was pulled over by the two cops, Salam and Blair. The group was searched and inside the vehicle, three suspected marijuana seeds were allegedly found on the floor behind the driver’s seat. A further search led to the discovery of a piece of foil with white substance.

Bhojwani further alleged that whilst outside the station, the two officers asked him what he could offer. He said two thousand dollars and the officers escorted him to his house where they demanded five thousand dollars from his mother. The officers then took him back to the Mahogany Street Police Station where his vehicle was returned to him and the group was released without any charges.

Hermant Bhojwani also claimed that his mother was to hand over the money on the following day at the corner of Church Street and East Canal but police moved in and Salam was detained on site. Blair was detained the following day.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2019 11:24
Two men charged for gun burglary Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

After spending two nights in police custody, two residents of the Lake Independence Area of Belize City were arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. Selvin Linarez, 20, and Randy Chambers, 21, were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson in connection with one of the biggest gun heists in Belize. Before the magistrate, the men were read a number of firearm related offenses along with a single count of burglary.

On the night of Tuesday, February 12, 2019, thieves attempted to gain entry into the compound of Victor L. Bryant, located on Lake Independence Boulevard. They were successful the following night and made off with .38 revolvers, double barrel shotguns, several rifles, and several thousand rounds of ammunition.

Linarez was the first to be arraigned and was read five counts of keeping firearms without a gun license. He is alleged to have kept five of the guns stolen from Victor L. Bryant. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and explained to the magistrate that the firearms were found on his neighbor’s property.

The men were then jointly arraigned on a count of burglary for the items, valuing approximately $32,000, which were stolen from Victor L. Bryant. They were also read eight counts of keeping firearms without a gun license. To these charges, the men pleaded not guilty. Due to the nature of the offenses, bail was denied and they were remanded until April 16, 2019.

According to ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City, approximately 1000 rounds of ammunition, believed to be those stolen from Victor L. Bryant, have been recovered. The rounds, including 38 and nine-millimeter rounds, were found in the Saint Martin’s area of Belize City. Police believed that approximately 500 rounds are still missing.


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