Thursday, April16th 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: 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. She can now walk the streets freely without being subject to such character assassination and pursue her life.
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. Asked if the court’s extended order against contact between the accused and her alleged victim was a result of previous reasons, Matura-Shepherd 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.
The Coast Guard sent a boat containing Hyde to pick up Tzib to come to headquarters because it did not want to have two boats coming in, but it neglected a previous decision that ensured that the two should not cross each other’s paths.
Tzib is due back in court on July 2.
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