Government must pay more for false imprisonment of three men

Three men, who were accused of murder back in 2010 and remanded for 11 months before being acquitted, successfully sued the Government of Belize for false imprisonment. The men were awarded damages of $25,000 each.

Those men, believed associates of the George Street Gang, are Sheldon “Pinky” Tillett, (now deceased), Charles Woodeye (also deceased) and Micah Thompson.

vlcsnap-2015-02-07-06h50m00s140vlcsnap-2015-02-07-06h49m30s108The three were accused of the murder of John Paul Saldivar, but police had no concrete evidence and the case was finally thrown out. After the trio won the case against GOB, GOB appealed the case, arguing that they should not have to pay for any damages. At that same appeal hearing, the lawyer for the three men argued that the award monies should in fact be increased from the $25,000 each.

On Thursday, a decision was handed down and the trio won again with an increase of $5,000. That is $30,000 per claimant.

As mentioned, onlyone of the clients is alive, two having been murdered since then.

Government also has to pay court costs of about twenty three thousand dollars for all three, for a total cost of  about one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

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