After a delay to consider the merits of her case, Supreme Court Justice Herbert Lord today set bail of $10,000 for Coast Guard seaman Keyren Tzib, 24, charged with the attempted murder by shooting of Petty Officer Kurt Hyde on Easter Monday, April 6, aboard a Coast Guard vessel docking at the headquarters on the George Price Highway. In court Justice Lord announced that the psychiatric evaluation he ordered last Friday for Tzib found that she was not psychotic and is not a danger to herself or anyone else, though she is taking medication for an unnamed mental condition. Hyde successfully underwent surgery this past Sunday aboard the U.S. Navy ship Comfort which is in dock in Belize City and remains in recovery at the Intensive Care Unit aboard the ship. The bail was granted on the following conditions: Tzib must hand over all her travel documents to the court marshal; she must attend each and every adjournment at the magistrate court until the matter is completed; she cannot go within 100 yards of the virtual complainant or interfere or communicate with the virtual complainant and other prosecution witnesses either by herself or a third party; she must report to Ladyville Police Station every Monday and Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and that if she is to report to work then the Coast Guard is to ensure that at that time both herself and the virtual complainant are not to be within 100 yards of each other. Tzib was represented by attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd while the Crown was represented by Crown Counsel Linsbert Willis. Speaking with reporters afterward Matura-Shepherd said the decision was an exoneration for her client who has had to endure alleged slurs against her name and character.
“It’s unfortunate that all kind of things have been said in the media about her rather negative. I think today’s results exonerated her. Clearly she’s not insane, psychotic, mad – all the things people have been saying. Clearly she does have a medical issue, nothing has been blown out in the public’s eye. But it’s nothing that any ordinary person can’t deal with and cope with on a regular basis. So that is not enough for her to be kept behind bars. Remember, our constitution is that you’re innocent until proven guilty. So now she gets to leave the courtroom, she gets to be free and try to live as normal a life as possible without people haunting her – saying things to her. That’s her right, this matter, this trail, the actual trial could be the next 2, 3 years. That’s the reality, she’ll be back and forth in court, getting adjournment dates. They will eventually be a preliminary inquiry. The matter will be sent to the supreme court. We know at the supreme court they’re 100 of cases on the list, so hers not being murder will not be a priority, so it might take 2 to 3 years before they’re is actual trial.”
The court also ordered that Seaman Tzib, who is on suspension from her duties, must continue her course of clinical treatment and follow-up medical visits. PLUS News asked Matura-Shepherd if the court’s extended order against contact between the accused and her alleged victim was a result of previous reasons. She explained that the court recognized that the Coast Guard acted against its own protocol which, it appears, led directly to the events of April 6.
Another thing the media may not know about and the public did not know about is that – there was also an understanding that Mr. Kurt Hyde and her were to never work together or be placed together. In the affidavit given by the coast guard together by no other than the 2nd in command, Elton Bennett. It states that they opted to Mr. Kurt, who was another vessel go pick her up at the San Pedro base to bring her to town for a hearing she had because they didn’t want 2 vessels coming in the same direction. Which is in contravention of what they knew was a position they took; Which is they were never to allow them to work together for previous reasons – which unfortunate I will not discuss. People have made presumptions of. The coast guard needs to take responsibility because they better than anybody else knows thats the internal issues there.”
“Is that the reason why the court has ordered, as far as the conditions, that they not go within a hundred yard of each other, or even as the coast guard conducts its own inquiry into this matter?”
“That’s one of the reasons but it is standard for a bail application in it to communicate that the petitioner, or in this case the accuser as we call them, is not to be within the virtual complainer, the virtual complainer is the one who made the complaint against her. That’s standard. In this case, I think the court went beyond its usual procedures or conditions by stating if per chance she is called on base, for whatever reason, she is still working there, that the onus is on the coast guard to insure that they do not come within a hundred yards of each other. That’s a little extra in the condition but it is a normal condition. I just think the court has taken extra precaution because of certain evidence that came before it.
Tzib is due back in court on July 2.