20 year old Ijaman Young of Belize City, 24 year old Parris Williams; 24 year old Kashief Gallego; and 23 year old Akeem Garcia, all of Maxboro area, Sandhill, were charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and one count each of handling stolen goods.
This was in connection with a 9mm Glock Pistol firearm belonging to Herman Pastor Jr., a Public Officer of San Ignacio Town, which he reported stolen from his house between January 19, 2013 and February 25, 2013, when he was in Nicaragua. In April 2014, whilst on mobile patrol on Fairweather Street, a police constable saw a grey 4 runner vehicle which he ordered to stop. The driver refused to do so and police set chase behind it as it turned into East Canal and unto Prince Street before coming to a halt. A search turned up the missing pistol hidden behind the back seat and the four young men inside it were charged. Today, all four men were freed from two of the three serious offenses when at the start of what was expected to be their trial, the men saw their case struck out for want of prosecution. Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith struck it out after the police failed to present the matter within the now required time frame as amended recently by the new criminal procedure rule which states that once a matter has not been dealt with within 9 months, the magistrate must strike out the matter.