Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019. 6:18 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: A baffling tale of two friends who say the police tried to turn them against each other to solve an armed robbery and shooting landed in the Magistrate’s Court today.
35-year-old Darrell Gray, from Lords’ Bank Village, Belize District, was charged for a ‘hold-up’ reported on April 16. He had been in and out of police custody and in the hospital since April 18 before being charged with robbery, aggravated by the alleged use of a firearm.
23-year-old Harry Montero was robbed at gunpoint of his gold chain and cell phone.
In court, Gray, who pleaded not guilty, told Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer that he did not know why Montero, whom he counts as a friend would make up such a story. The two and others were hanging out, he said, but he never took anything from him.
Nonetheless, Gray was set for remand to the Central Prison, until Montero turned the case on its head when he appeared in court after the arraignment and while Gray was awaiting a warrant for remand.
Both Gray and Montero say police beat them up – Gray to give information of a robbery he knew nothing of; Montero, to implicate Gray after he refused to tell police who shot him during the robbery. He says he does not know who his shooter is.
Montero too was in the hospital and later visited Ladyville police, whom he said forced him to give a statement against Gray after he did not satisfy their queries regarding the shooting.
Montero convinced the Chief Magistrate not to pursue the charge and Gray was released.
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