The Court Report – Friday, December 18th. 2020

Police woman Michelle Brown 27, is acquitted of Murder of 37-year old Fareed Ahmad

by: Anita Nembhard- Flowers
Belize City, Fri. Dec. 18, 2020

After a 26 days of trial, and over 20 witnesses called to the stand by the crown, today at 11:00, Justice Colin Williams after 2 hours of deliberation handing down a decision, told Brown to stand up, and then said to her, – “Ahmad is dead. He died from blunt force trauma and underlining force as a consequence of gunshots injury, as at the time injury inflicted, while there was intent to commit grievous harm, intent to kill was not there., Someone shot Ahmad. – The Crown did not satisfy me that it was you, – not guilty.”

His decision came after Justice Williams laid out all the evidence the crown had brought before him, and testimony from over 20 more witnesses that took the stand, and a visit to the locus on Thursday, December 10.

Justice Colin Williams at 9:15 repeated the evidence of the case for the crown, that early on the morning of December 28, 2017, at around 12:29 a.m, Ahmad’s BMW- SUV collided into a flat bed truck at Mile 16.

Fareed Ahmad (Barber)

The first of two people extracted by members of the community was Ahmad who was removed from his extensively damaged front door and because of this, Brown had to be removed from the drivers side.

Ahmad had a gunshot injury and was bleeding from the head. He asked for water and was told to lie down and not to walk. Both Brown and Ahmad still alive were rushed to the KHMH in an ambulance, and Ahmad later died from his injuries.

Doctor Lloyd Ken, the pathologist said Ahmad had two gunshot injuries that entered from the right and exit the left with a wound to the forehead.

Doctor Ken concluded that Ahmad’s fractured skull injury happened on impact, and led to the collection of blood with soft tissue similar to a bruise and once the brain started to swell, the pressure caused other parts of the body to shut down and it was at this time, that he was at a very critical point which led to Ahmad’s death which was caused by acute vascular injury as as result of blunt force trauma to head due to motor vehicle Collison as a consequence of gunshot wound to the face.

On December 29, 2017, Brown was arrested and charged with Ahmad’s murder.
According to Justice Williams, the crown used pieces of evidence from here and there to piece together her case.

Brown was represented by Simeon Sampson and Anthony Sylvester was of the view that the evidence of the crown is not proof enough for Brown to be found guilty.

But before he could determine Browns guilt, Justice Williams also looked at elements of murder that crown must prove; being, that one- Ahmad’s is dead, and this he said was proven, 2- his death was caused by harm, which was proven, 3- it was brown who inflicted those harm, – 4- at the time the harm was inflicted Brown did so with specific intent to kill- this too, he said was not proven by the crown against Brown- 5-that when Brown did so, the act was unlawful, this too was not proven against Brown by the crown during the trial, noted Justice Williams as he spoke of the crown’s case.

Justice Williams also looked at inconsistency in the case.

While he noted that there were inconsistencies, it was necessary to evaluate testimonies of witnesses and how their evidence connect and compare with other evidence.

In doing so, Justice Williams highlighted some inconsistencies like in the testimonies of Corporal Abner Itsa and PC Oscar Itch.

These are two police officers who worked along with Brown on the SAT , Special Assignment Team the night of Ahmad’s shooting turn murder which the crown relied on for circumstantial evidences to link Brown to being Ahmad’s shooter.

The inconsistency of what transpired at the Racoon Street Police Station where CPL. Itsa said he remain in the mobile when Brown exited quickly and by the time he got into the building Brown had left and was nowhere to be found and she took the issue 9mm., gun she had signed out for, that by protocols was to be sign in back said Cpl. Itsa While the collaborating officer Itch said Cpl. Itsa did not remain in the vehicle he walked inside behind the team.

In Justice William’s view, some inconsistency can be relatively mended.

Other inconsistencies came where witnesses for the crown, specifically police witness who testified of Browns behavior on the night of the crash and one witness claiming Brown was crying, another said she was asked what was wrong but she denied having any problems.
And the biggest inconsistency of the crown case as it related the Cpl. Itsa was his testimony where he gave the wrong brand name of the gun, as the firearm issued to Brown on the night of the murder. The officer testified in court it was a 9mm pistol Beretta brand with serial number. . . .

The Car (BMW SUV) – After the incident at mile 16 on the Western Hwy.

But in cross examination by the defense he later admitted he thought he had said Bersa as he meant to say Beretta. It was not until the recording of the trial was replayed in court for the officer, that he admitted that it was an error on his part.

The gun in question was later found inside the panel of Ahmad’s BMW a day later by the Fire Service Department Supervisor tasked to dismantle the vehicle after the crash.

The question of who truly had possession of that gun which the crown circumstantial evidence pointed to Brown as the holder was not proven in the either since the Cpl Supervisor who claim she signed out for it by writing on a log sheet, a log sheet he fail to attach to his report hence the crown had no evidence to show in court linking Brown to signing for the gun and in her defense, Brown did mot admit or deny having any gun assigned to her on the night of Ahmad’s shooting.

Justice Williams also highligted why he rejected some and portions of the crown witnesses statements exmaple that of Scenes of Crime Techician, Sheradine Peters who testify that Ahmads BMW had arrived at the Police Station on December 29, 2017 Where she process it after the gun was found. But her date was wrong and the date of her evidence had to have been December 28, 2017, so he rejected her testimony as being incompetent since the Fire service Personnel had testified to dismantling the BMW on December 27, 2017 where a gun was found in the panel of the front passenger side of the vehicle.

Justice Williams also told Brown in court as he looked back at all sides, that, “There is some portion of Brown’s case that are not reliable. I did not believe she was heading to Belmopan when she got into Fareed’s vehicle and he did not believe it was a mere coincident she ended up in his vehicle.

He also did not believe Brown’s version of events when she told the court that a Youngman just came into the vehicle. And he sure did not believe that a 3rd person came into the vehicle by shear coincidence.

He was of the view that if there was a 3rd person in the vehicle, the person must have been there before the vehicle move off or they went to pick up the person – but he as the judge is not there to speculate, – Justice Williams said.

Judge Williams also highlighted the fact that a number of crucial evidence spoken about by crown witnesses about exhibits that was taken to the National Forensic Science service which never made it into court and went missing from the exhibits.

He also highlighted the evidence of blood samples, fragments taken from the gun, swabbing of the nozzle of the gun taken in for testing and Nothing else was heard of those evidence during the trial.

The Judge believes that conclusive evidence could have been provided to say whether the deceased blood was found on it, – but nothing else was said about them in court.

About half way in the judge’s decision, he noted to the court, “Even if Brown told a lie or many lies, it is not evidence of guilt but lie or lies was to boost her defense, but because she testified on oath her testimony had to be given the same weight as that of the crown’s witnesses who testified against her.

Brown who gave sworn testimony on oath said she did not shot Fareed Ahmad and pointed the blame on Cpl. Elmer Nah 2ho she claim got into the vehicle after Ahmad made a U-turn on the road heading back to Belize city and when the vehicle came to a sudden stop for a few seconds, a man whose voice she recognized placed a gun to her head and told her not to move so she did not.

The man then cocked the gun, turn it on Ahmad and shot him then jumped out of the vehicle. Seconds later when Ahmad released his hands off the steering wheels, they crashed.

Brown denied all 3 allegations made by crown against her.
But as the judge said, she had nothing to prove, it was the crown’s job to prove the guilt of the accused.

Brown had been on remand from December 29, 2017 the day she was released from hospital and charged with Ahmad’s murder, which is exactly 2 years and 11 months.

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New COVID-19 Regulations – Effective December 20th.

  • Curfew is now at 8pm to 5am
  • No Business is allowed to sell alcohol after 6pm.
  • Corozal & Orange Walk are under lockdown, no inter-district travel
  • Corozal & Orange Walk are under lockdown, no inner-district travel
    except for work or food distribution
  • Churches are limited to 10 people maximum, Mass, Funerals, Weddings and Church Services
  • No private gatherings at your home (ie: parties) are allowed. However you may have visitors not exceeding 10 people
  • The Airport remains open
  • All persons arriving at the airport must have a COVID-19 PCR test that must have been done within 4 days before arriving in Belize
    OR
    All persons arriving at the airport must have a COVID-19 Rapid test that must have been done within 48 hours before arriving in Belize
  • Busses will only be allowed to carry 50% of capacity of the bus.
  • All Land Borders remain closed to the general public
  • 238,000 vaccines have been ordered and paid for.
Update on COVID-19 and New Regulations || December 18th, 2020

National COVID-19 Update

Posted by Government of Belize Press Office on Friday, December 18, 2020

Is Belize Really Worse Than Jamaica and Haiti – In Regards To COVID-19 – We Don’t Think So !

Recent info being circulated by some media houses indicate that Belize is the most infected country in the CARICOM Union, even worse than Haiti,

We don’t think so!.
A recent verification by digitalBelize.Live check of data from the World Health Organization says that Jamaica has over 11,875 cases, but 8,212 recovered.

Then we too in Belize can report that we have 7,000 recovered persons. It is all a matter of how many recovered persons you report. – While we love our brothers and sisters in Jamaica, that data is too illogical to believe. After-all, the mire fact that Jamaica’s population is 9 times that of Belize’s population should give cause for skepticism.

BTW: – Pssst. Haiti has a population of 11.3-million, and it is widely documented that Haiti does not even have a ‘Garbage Collection System’ in most of its towns and cities’

In its primary city ‘Pot Au Prince’; which has a population of almost 3 million people, more than 70% of the population live much, much worse than the poorest Belize City impoverished neighborhoods, such as london-bridges swamp-shacks in gungolong.

No! we do not believe those data and the accuracy of such information is highly dependent on the reporting done by a government that does not even have a national health system and can report accurate information.

Many people in Haiti (over 300,00 people) are still living in temporary tent-cities that were created after the earthquake that occurred 10 years ago.

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Written & Compiled by: digitalBelize,LIVE Staff writer – digitalCaribbean.live Tuesday, December 15th. 2020 – digitalbelize@gmail.com

Food Assistance & CASH-Transfer Program $150-$600 per Month – From World Bank & GOB

The Government has announced a new ‘Food & Assistance & Cash-Transfer Program’ that will be earmarked for Pregnant women, persons with physical disabilities, Children and the elderly. So far 36,000 people have been assessed for the program, which will begin on December 15th. to 23rd.

Beneficiaries will receive $150 – $600 per month for the next 6 months; depending of the composition of their households. – Only persons who did not receive assistance from previous programs will be eligible and will be screened for the assistance.

The program is primarily funded by some $19-million (BZ$) from the ‘World Bank’, which has been assisting countries throughout the region. This funding is supposed to assist those persons and families (18,000 households) that did not receive assistance in previous programs, and applicants will be required to participate in a ‘poverty-assessment eligibility screening process.

The Court Report – December 14th.

20year old Youngman arraign for attempted murder of a 15 year old minor whilst in company of gang figure, Shane Bahadur, 33!

by: Anita Nembhard-Flowers
Belize City, Mon. Dec. 14, 2020

Tomorrow will mark a month since a 15-year old was shot whilst in the company of a well-known gang affiliate and today, police say they manage to crack the attempted murder case over the weekend as one youth is charged after finger as the shooter.

He is 20-year-old, Joshua Christopher Martels of Lords Bank area, Ladyville.
This morning Martels was arraign before Magistrate. Stephanie Gillett in Court #3 where he was unrepresented.

Allegations are that on Sunday, November 15, 2020 whilst armed with a firearm he attempted to kill, Christian Ramos, 15 who was socializing in the company of an adult, 33-year-old Shane Bahadur, a well-known gang affiliate of the Ladyville area.

In court, Magistrate Gillett took no plea from Martels and explained to him why and that the offenses he is charged with are indictable matters which will be dealt with at the Supreme Court. She also explained to him that her hands are tied as it relates to bail in the first hence why he was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until February 8, 2020.

The shouting incident occur on Sunday, November 15, 2020, the minor along with Bahadur were at a yard on Perez Street when a male person came out and fired shots at him, injuring the minor.”

It is believe that Bahadur was the intended target but the minor was shot instead. – Christian Ramos was shot in the neck.

According to Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, Head, CIB Belize City said that while they have no knowmedge of the minor having problems with anyone, Bahadur had a dispute with another person from that area and police believe that, that may have been the motive that behind the shooting.

Joshua Christopher Martels is due back in Court #3 on February 8, 2021.

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Many People Still Violate The COVID-19 Regulations Created To Protect Everyone

With the rapid surge of COVID-19 deaths and infections, and the weekend news that 2 doctors and 8 others have died on Saturday and Sunday, you would think that people would be extra careful and relax at home to keep themselves safe and to also abide by the regulations created to protect us all.

But!, unfortunately there are people who just don’t get it and still don’t take the threat of getting infected or arrested seriously.

Today the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams took to the airwaves and a media briefing, in which he explained the unbelievable actions of some people that got arrested for COVID-19 violations.

“Over the weekend 105 persons were arrested and charged for offenses under the Quarantine Regulations as follows:

Failing to wear a face mask or other face (mouth) covering whilst in public-41 people

Breach of curfew-28 people

Failing to practice social distancing- 5 people

Hosting a restricted social event- 7 people

Attending a restricted social event- 23 people

Transporting a passenger on a public transportation not wearing a cloth or other face mask or face (mouth) covering- 1 person.

This morning (Monday, Dec. 14th.) the first vaccine ( made by U.S based Pfizer ) were being administered in the United States this morning in New York.

In an interview on CNN – The founder of Microsoft “Bill Gates” (who predicted in 2015 that a pandemic may happen ) – was asked, “when do you think we will return to normal, ie: no face mask or physical distancing, etc. – ” he replied that by the summer of 2021 we (in the U.S) things will probably be closer to normal.

He also added that the vaccine should be available to the rest of the world before all Americans are vaccinated. saying – “We should not wait until the last American is vaccinated for the vaccine to be available to the rest of the world”

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COMPOL Chester ‘Some Businesses Are Not Following COVID Laws

This morning the COMPOL took to ‘Social Media’ to sound his displeasure that some businesses are not adhering to certain COVID-19 Regulations and allowing employees to remain at work.

‘Here Is His Comments’

A Message from the Commissioner of Police, “We continue to get reports that some business places are refusing to send home employees who have tested positive for Covid19. There are also reports that after an employee have taken the test and are awaiting results, the employee is being forced to go to work while the result is pending.

This should not happen, if an employee is positive such employee belong in isolation to recover. Once that employee is not in isolation then he is in breach of Isolation order and can be arrested.

Similar, once the employee has been swabbed and awaiting results, such employee must be in quarantine until the results are out. Where the employee do not remain in quarantine that too is an offense of breaching quarantine requirements.

While employers may refused to allow the employee who have tested positive or awaiting results to go in isolation or quarantine due to economic reason, they must understand that keeping such employee with the work place can be more detrimental to them as one infected employee can cause their entire work force to go down.

To take away from Dr. Musa’s advice, he said “personal behaviour and collective responsibility as Belizeans to follow prevention protocols and to look out for our fellow Belizeans, our family, friends, co-workers and especially the vulnerable in our society is the most important measure we can all take”. Yes to win this battle we cannot be selfish or self centered, we must think not only of ourselves but also of those around us.

I therefore ask that we all, and especially business places comply with the requirements of the law and other ministry of Health Protocols.

Wishing all my followers a blessed and productive day. Remember to follow the protocols and stay COVID free

The Court Report – December 7th.

Serious allegations of child cruelty reported against mother and step-father of two minors!

“Hattieville couple, Mirna Canelo and Ponciano Coc are out on bail of $4,000 each- Mother and step-father charged with child cruelty on 2 of their children”

by Anita Nembhard/Flowers
BELIZE CITY, Mon, Dec. 7, 2020

Police and Human Services Department became involve in a very serious case of allege child cruelty after a video went viral on Facebook.

Today two parents of Hattieville Village were arraign on charges of child cruelty and harm.

They have been identify as 29-year-old mother, Mirna Canelo, a house wife along with her common-law husband, 53-year-old Ponciano Coc, a Construction Worker of Ysaguirre Boulevard, Hattieville Village.

The couple appeared before Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser in Court #1 where they were read a number of charges.

The couple were charged jointly with one count of child cruelty upon a 12-year-old child.

Allegations are that sometime between November 1, 2020 and November 22, 2020, in Hattieville Village, being over 18, and having care of the minor, (whose name we cannot say), they willfully ill treated him in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering.

Coc alone was read a charge of child cruelty upon another one of his step-children, a child who is under the age of 12, a is a minor.

Allegations are that on November 15, 2020, in Hattieville Village, being over 18, and having care of the minor, (whose name we cannot say), he willfully ill treated him in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering.

Count three and four, Coc was read two counts of harm upon the two minor boys 12 and the other under the age of 12.

While on count five the couple were jointly charged with another count of harm upon the 12 year old minor, who happens to be Canelo’s son but Coc’s step-son.

In court, no plea was taken from the couple since the matter is being dealt with on indictment until further directives from the DPP’s office.

Court prosecutor in the matter, Corporal Christopher Smith had no objection to bail, but from the facts before the court, Chief Magistrate, Fraser was disturb with all the allegations the boys made against there mother and step-father and the ugly acts of cruelty which is allege to have occur against them that the Chief with a heavy heart was not so willingly to grant bail to the two accused parents.

But their attorney, Andrew Bennett was able to convince her that the reports are allegations which are not yet proven in court and that there are reports made by the parents to the police regarding the unruly behavior of the 12-year-old who has been giving troubles in the past and that the mother had made appeal to the police to get help with discipling the child in the past. He also added that the child fabricated the story against his mother and step-father, twisting a series of event over a period of time.

But despite what Attorney Bennett had to say, Chief Magistrate, Fraser said she had to take into consideration the serious allegations being made by the minors and make sure she keeps them safe for now until the case is concluded and the facts are heard in court to determine who is being truthful.

For now she had to take the safety of the children first into consideration. With that she offered bail the mother and step-father in the sum of $4,000 plus one surety and order that they are to both stay away from the children until the case is concluded.

The children, four children three being for Canelo and a fourth which is her step-son, and the son of Coc are in the hands of the state, Human Services Department since the allegations were made against the parents.

In a report to the police, the 12-year-old child, (who is Canelo’s son) was taken to the Hattieville Police Station by a Social Worker, where the boy reported to police that he lives with his mother and step-father and three other siblings but that hs step-father has been living with his mother for almost four years now, and ever since he has been treating them badly.

According to the 12-year-odl boy, every complain his mother give to their step-father, he would beat them with his hands and that they abuse them by drinking and smoking at the home.

The 12-year-old boy said that on November 8, 2020, he and his brother, who is under the age of 12, ended up living at a Child Care Center located in Northern Belize because his mother had burn his eyes with a spatula.

They were placed in different care with relatives but that he was later send back home to live with his mother and his brother along with their step-father.

While at home, his step-father one day lash him with a rope after the boy claim his mother had send him to do an errand of selling two Choco Babanas which cost $1.50 and when he got home, he gave him mother $1.00 and took $.50 cents .

Upon arrival home, the boy said he smelled the high aroma of alcohol and that day when his step-father came home, and spoke with his mother, , his step-father came out of the room upset and angry and order his mother light the stove and put the komal on it and that’s when he placed his hands three times on the komal, burning it.

The 12-year-old said when he beagn to cry, that is when his step-father told him to shut up and order his little brother to go and get the red orange rope and that’s when both his hands and feet were tied up and in the presence of his mother, he was palced on a board in the celing and held there like a pig would be roast.

According to the 12-year-old boy, his mother then told him, “Dis ketch yuh because ah thief, and uno nuh do things right.

The boy said his mother then grabbed a ruler and began to hit him, and he sustain a burst lip. Then his step-father join in an begin to beat him up too until he was in great pain.

The boy said he was left to hang there on the rope for a while his mother and step-father sat in the room eating water-melon. After a while, his ste-father came out of the room and lose him from the rope where he fell to the ground and where they left him there until he asked for food and was allow to eat but could barely eat his food because of the pain he was in at the time.

The boy told police that after that incident, he was in pain for two weeks

But on November 15, 2020, a Sunday, his step-father arrived home and asked them why they were not listening to their mother and that is when his step-father told him to get the orange rope off the shelf and he made two knots on it and placed it around he and his brothers neck and then he placed them both over the board in the room and he pulled the rope leaving both of them to hang off the ground.

The 12-year-old boy said, he could not even scream and he was in pain and while it was just for a short while, his mother just sat in a chair and watched and laughed at them.

After they were released from the rope, his step-father tied up their hands and later released the rope from their hands and made them drink water and finish their chores.

A 12-year-old boy further told police that a week later, on Sunday, November 22, 2020, he was told by his mother to go pick up a quilt and when he came home with the quilt it had gotten dirty by the dog and even though his little brother told them how the quilt got direct, he was blamed for it and as punishment, his mother pushed him into the front door and told him to leave the house because he could not stay there anymore.

The 12-year-old boy said he got his face mask and left the house and that so when his step-father send his little brother to go get him and then upon his return made his little brother get the orange rope and when the 12-year-old boy saw that he was going to be beaten, he ran to the Hattieville Police Station and told the police what had happen.

The child said that at the station, when his mother was question by the police, his mother told them that all his injuries was self-inflicted.

A Social worker later was called in to check-out the matter and that was when the parents were arrested and charged by Hattieville Police.

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The Court Report – December 4th.

Lords Bank Video That Went Viral – Case Comes To Court

A man that the police tried to arrest during an altercation at a Lords bank Supermarket plead guilty in court today and was fined a whapping $1,000 for assault of cop!

by Anita Nembhard-Flowers
Belize City, Fri. Dec. 4, 2020

Tonight a Security Guard of the Lords Bank area, who was seen on a video that went viral when police tried to detain him is lucky to be out on a fine and not jail time.

That’s because when O’Brien appeared this afternoon around 12:00 noon before Magistrate, Stephanie Gillett, he wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charges of resisting arrest upon PC, #1920, Wallace Meighan, using obscene language and assaulting a police officer. O’Brien told the court he had an explanation for his actions.

O’Brien explained to the court that he came to the aid of another worker who he felt the police approached wrongly over him not having on a mask at the time they passed the shop.

O’Brien said that he tried to explain to the officers why the man was not wearing a mask and that he was doing construction work which was restricting him from breathing so he took off the mask for a short while and was talking with the boss on the job.

He said that while he admitted to uttering an obscene language, he was not saying it to the police and what got him upset is when the police grabbed him on his shoulder after he walked away and reportedly said the obscene language.

He admitted to being wrong when he placed the police officer PC Meighan in a head choke, but claim the officer was not being professional executing his duties.

In court, Magistrate Gillett explained to him that she cannot condone his actions and that two wrong does not make a right hence why she fine him $1,000 plus $5.00 cost of court for assaulting a police officer.

He was also fine $300 plus $5.00 for resist arrest but the charge of using obscene language was withdrawn by the crown since the Supreme court had rule that the word ‘f_ _ k’ is no longer considered an obscene language but view more like an old cliche used by many.

The incident took place at the Lords Bank Supermarket on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Accoridng to police, they saw a male who was not wearing a mask and approached him and informed him of the offense when O’Brien intervene and began acting aggressive towards them.

O’Brien has until February 28, 2021to pay all his fines in default 3 months for resisting arrest and one year for assaulting the police officer.

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Man pleads guilty to burglarizing his ex-boss home and stealing his items and selling it to pay his rent and food for his family!

by Anita Yvonne Nembhard-Flowers
Belize City, Fri. Dec. 4, 2020

Tonight a Belize City Fisherman is serving a 3 years sentence for burglary after he was unable to pay half of the money ordered by the court forthwith after he pleaded guilty to burglarizing his ex-boss home.

46-year-old Iyon Staine, a resident of #6738 Aloevera Street, Belize City appeared before Magistrate, Stephanie Gillett in Court#3 where he was read a single charge of burglary.

Allegations are that on Friday, October 9, 2020 between the hours of 5:00p.m., and 8:00 p.m., he entered as a trespasser, the dwelling home of Egberto Garcia, located on Flamboyant Street, Belize City and stole, one red weed wacker value $1,069.00 along with a black 19 inch flat screen television value $250.00, all to a total of $1,319.00.

Neither of the stolen items were ever received by police because according to Staine, he sold the items for money because he needed to pay his rent and provided his family with food.

Magistrate Gillett was not please with his actions for breaking into his ex-boss house and stealing his items then selling them.

Staine tried to explain in court why he did it claiming Garcia owed him $440 for work he did when he was employed by him but refuse to pay him.

Staine admitted his actions were wrong and apologized for what he did and begged the court for leniency.

Magistrate Gillett wanted to impose a custodial sentence but instead she temper justice with mercy and gave Staine a fine of $3,000 plus a $5.00 cost or court.
The leniency was because he had no previous conviction for burglary.

But Staine found himself in more trouble with the law when the court ordered that he must paid half of the fine imposed today forthwith which amounted to $1,500, and the balance by January, 30, 2020 but he could not meet the court order. Staine also was in debt to the court in the sum of $3,030 for two other separate convictions which was due to be paid by August 7, 2020 and the other from back in 2017.

So when he was unable to pay the old and new fines, a warrant was prepare for him to serve the fines in prison term which amount to over 3 years in default of payment.

BELIZE – Is The ‘Dudley-Do-Right’ Of The Caribbean: When It Comes To Reporting COVID-19 Test Data

A recent check of COVID-19 data across the Caribbean indicates that Belize is 1 of few countries that are using the ‘Antigen-Rapid-Tests’, and as a result it seems to be more infected with COVID than some other Caribbean/CARICOM nations.

For example, Trinidad’s population is almost 4 times that of Belize, (1,4 million) but according to the most recent data published by the World Health Organization, Belize has more deaths than Trinidad.

That is not impossible, but it is statistically illogical.

So the ‘Antigen-Rapid-Tests’ will help us identify COVID positive people, but on the downside it will make Belize seems to be far more infected than some other Caribbean nations.

Both PCR & Antigen Rapid Test require a nasal swab

As Belize attempts to claw-&-climb it’s way through this ‘devil-of-a-pandemic’ we have to alert the world that those countries that are not using ‘Rapid-Tests’ and probably still using the old but reliable PCR Tests, probably have a much higher rate of infection, they are just not finding them.

Barbados has reported no new COVID-19 deaths in over 2 months.

We searched for an explanation on our Ministry of Health website but could not find an explanation of the difference of these 2 tests.

TYPES OF TESTS & DIFFERENCE – Reference URL ‘Mayo Clinic
PCR Test. Also called a molecular test, this COVID-19 test detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A fluid sample is collected by inserting a long nasal swab (nasopharyngeal swab) into your nostril and taking fluid from the back of your nose or by using a shorter nasal swab (mid-turbinate swab) to get a sample. In some cases, a long swab is inserted into the back of your throat (oropharyngeal swab), or you may spit into a tube to produce a saliva sample. Results may be available in minutes if analyzed onsite or a few days — or longer in locations with test processing delays — if sent to an outside lab. PCR tests are very accurate when properly performed by a health care professional, but the rapid test can miss some cases.”

Antigen test. This COVID-19 test detects certain proteins in the virus. Using a long nasal swab to get a fluid sample, antigen tests can produce results in minutes. Because these tests are faster and less expensive than PCR tests, antigen tests may be more practical to use for large numbers of people. A positive antigen test result is considered accurate when instructions are carefully followed, but there’s an increased chance of false-negative results — meaning it’s possible to be infected with the virus but have a negative result. Depending on the situation, the doctor may recommend a PCR test to confirm a negative antigen test result.”

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