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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019. 8:06 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Evander Bennett, a car dealer from Orange Walk Town, has received bail of 10 thousand dollars in respect of charges of drug trafficking after a week in remand.

Bennett was charged for possession of 10.25 grams of regular cocaine and 5.4 grams of crack cocaine.

The Supreme Court ordered Bennett to not communicate in any way with the virtual complainant or any prosecution witnesses; attend court on all his adjournment dates set by the court; he cannot leave the jurisdiction without permission from a judge of the Supreme Court; he must report to the Orange Walk Police Station every Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. effective next week Friday, May 3, 2019.

 Evander Bennett’s next court date is May 27, 2019.

Early on April 17, police visited Bennett’s Gravel Lane home for a search. He denied having anything to declare, but the drugs were founded hidden in the cement block wall of the bathroom in separate plastic bags.

20-year-old Shemar Castillo, one of four men charged with attempted burglary and aggravated assault at the home of a police officer at Mile 8 on the George Price Highway, was set bail of $7,000 and two sureties. He joins three co-accused who had all previously received bail.

Castillo has been placed on curfew between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.; must also report to the Mile 8 Police Station every Monday, effective Monday, May 6, 2019; is not to contact any of the victims in the case or any of the prosecution witnesses; attend all court dates given by the court; cannot leave the jurisdiction without permission of a judge of the Supreme Court; must not be charged with any indictable offenses whilst out on bail or his bail could be revoked.

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Castillo, along with 22-year-old Stanley Flowers; 31-year-old Deon Baltazar, and 27-year-old Whitfield Fisher were charged for break-ins at the residences of Jacinto Roaches and Denise Smith. They return to court on May 2.

However, the court declined to consider bail for 19-year-old Ravin Gillett who has been remanded since April 17 on charges of attempted murder and grievous harm on Elton Baiza.

Baiza was left nearly dead after being badly beaten during an event in Crooked Tree Village on April 7 and remains in the intensive care unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

The prosecution was able to convince the court that there is a risk that Baiza might die, in which case Gillett could face murder charges. The court delayed its decision two more weeks when another status check will be made on Baiza.

Police say the act was committed by others, but so far only Gillett, represented by Leeroy Banner, has been charged.



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