Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019. 2:12 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Police continue their efforts to curtail the influence of gangs in Belize City, bringing six men from three alleged gang groupings to court to be charged for their associations.
Two of them pleaded guilty but were fined instead of confined.
Brandon Jason Taylor, 33; and Dwayne Evelyn, 29, were accused of membership in the George Street Gang and its subset, the George Street Click; while 22 year old Ainsworth Foreman of Mayflower Street is accused of membership in the Ghost Town Crips. Thirty-year-old Keshawn Gentle, 25 year old Verris Ventura and 26 year old Said Pike are all accused members of the South Side Gang (SSG).
Before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, the well-known Taylor and Evelyn pleaded guilty and were fined $3,500 each, and ordered to pay by January 9, 2020 in default, 3 years imprisonment. Police said they conducted surveillance on both men personally and their social media platforms.
In court, the George Street Click was described as a subset of the wider GSG aka ‘Gaza’, using the color red. Their turf covers much of Southside, from the junction of Racoon Street with Curassow Street, South to North Creek and East to North Creek with the junction of Armadillo Street and back to Racoon Street. The ten members of Evelyn’s group meet at his house and are in various feuds with gangs near and far.
Police say that over the years they have confiscated several firearms in Evelyn’s area. He also admitted to being an active member of the gang for 10 years. Evelyn has been charged before with murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, robbery and a few traffic offenses, including drove unlicensed motor vehicle and others, but he had no convictions before the court.
Taylor is said to be an influential member of his gang which has 25 members and is responsible for a number of murders and shooting incidents. He himself has also been charged with the offense of murder, abetment to murder, robbery, aggravated assault, attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm but has no convictions before the court.
Meanwhile, Foreman pleaded not guilty to being a member of the Ghost Town Crips and Gentle, Ventura and Pike pleaded not guilty to SSG membership. Since the offense is one that the magistrate’s hands are tied in offering bail, Foreman was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until September 24, 2019. Gentle, Ventura and Pike, all arraigned before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett, return to court on September 12, 2019, unless they can get bail earlier.
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