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Belize Supreme Court building

Belize Supreme Court building

Tuesday, July 15, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Last week, seven persons, two of them minors, were remanded to Belize Central prison after arraignment on charges of kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license.

They are 52 year old Alrick Smith, 47 year old Sandra Casey, 22 year old Leon Smith, 19 year old Tamika Smith, 20 year old Rashida Brooks and two boys, their ages 17 and 16.

They were incarcerated after police found a 9-millimeter pistol with 13 rounds of ammunition in the magazine at their Giles Street home on July 7.

They had been mourning the death of loved one Myron Smith and had only just laid him to rest.

Tonight we can tell you that on the order of Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, all of the accused except for the 17 year old had their charges withdrawn before Senior Magistrate Frazer in court this afternoon.

This is after police investigations showed that these persons had no knowledge of the firearm found in their house.

However, the 17 year old remains on remand and returns to court on August 21.

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