Supreme Court grants three bail applications

Four men accused of varying crimes today applied for bail in the Supreme Court before Justice Herbert Lord. 23 year old Ronald Michael and 30 year old Alrick Smith are out on bail of $10,000 each.  Michael and Smith are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and Michael alone with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm against 29 year old Kenroy Arnold, who was shot on March 16 in Ladyville when a vehicle pulled up to him with two men and one exited the vehicle and shot him in the back and right hand. The two were ordered not to interfere with or communicate with the complainant themselves or through any third party and are not to go within 100 yards of the complainant. Michael and Smith were represented by attorney Cynthia Pitts Robateau, Reid was represented by attorney Michael Peyrefitte and Dubon appeared in his own recognizance, while the Crown was represented in all instances by Crown Counsel Linsbert Willis. Justice Lord also granted bail to 40 year old Amir Reid,  one of two men remanded into custody on charges of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Reid was released on a bail of $10,000 on the condition that he doesn’t interfere with the complainant either by himself or through a third party or go within 100 yards of the complainant. On Monday, March 16 Abel Lara reported to police that he was on Faber’s Road when two men grabbed him, tied him up and put him in a van. Lara said they took him to mil e 8 on George Price Highway. Lara said he managed to escape by lying to his captors, telling them that he was going to take them where a stash of cannabis was hidden. He said that while he was walking with them to the alleged stash spot a vehicle drove by and his captors fled. He then got a lift from the driver of the vehicle and he was taken to the nearest police station. The second accused, 24 year old Alexander Lopez, is still in prison. Finally there was the case of Belizean permanent resident originally from Guatemala, 60 year old Santos Gonzalez Dubon,  charged with carnal knowledge of a child under the age of 14 in the Independence area. Dubon was offered bail of $10,000 with one surety for the same amount today by Justice Herbert Lord. The bail was offered on the condition that the surety is a Belizean, that the petitioner doesn’t interfere with the complainant either by himself or through a third party and that he reports to Bella Vista Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Dubon was arraigned on March 11 in Independence Magistrate’s Court. He was remanded into custody until June 11.

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