In January 2016, Orlando Vera, Police Ballistic Examiner, was charged with the offense of abetment to pervert the course of justice. Allegations are that Vera offered to assist Belmopan Businessman, Michael Moderi, who had a gun case pending before the court, by tampering with evidence in order to have Moderi walk free from the gun charge. In the trial, evidence unfolded that Vera spoke with Moderi on two occasions. Moderi accounted that Vera made him an offer to manipulate the firearm so it does not fire and the case is thrown out. Also they had a second conversation that was recorded where Vera allegedly told Modiri that he could help him get off and that he and the police prosecutor wanted to assist him in the matter. In today’s closing arguments, Vera’s attorney, Anthony Sylvester asked the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith to take into consideration that the offense to pervert the course of justice was never executed. The Director of Public Prosecution, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal then added that the offense could have been committed by mere words and that the offense is an instigation and that it does not need a particular person to instigate the crime. Orlando Vera’s fate now lies in the hands of the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith who has reserved her ruling for next week Thursday, May 31, 2017. It is worthy to note that the case of Michael Moderi had been discontinued because there was evidence in his gun case trial that the gun was allegedly planted in the back seat of his vehicle by Bradley Pauman and Linsburn Anderson. Both men have since been charged with the offense of conspiracy to pervert he course of justice.