Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019. 2:36 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: A Belize City man was convicted of two rarely used charges in lieu of being proven as a burglar.
Police were tipped to an alleged burglary in progress at a residence on Johnson Street last March and found one Richard Ferguson in a yard with a crowbar and a screwdriver. But was he trying to break in?
Ultimately police were not able to prove it so they charged Ferguson with possession of instruments for “housebreaking” – the archaic legal term for burglary – and being found in an enclosed yard.
In his defense, Ferguson who was unrepresented gave an unsworn testimony from the dock where he told the police a car was chasing him and he ran off Vernon Street into the Johnson Street yard where he hid.
The first-time offender was spared jail by Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford, who imposed a total of $400 in fines due separately by September 19 and October 5.
Ferguson remains behind bars as his old bail had been revoked by the surety some months ago. He has still not been able to secure bail which has been offered to him in another matter.
Аdvеrtіѕе wіth thе most visited news site in Веlіzе ~ Wе оffеr fullу сuѕtоmіzаblе аnd flехіblе dіgіtаl mаrkеtіng расkаgеѕ. Yоur соntеnt іѕ dеlіvеrеd іnѕtаntlу tо thоuѕаndѕ оf uѕеrѕ іn Веlіzе аnd аbrоаd! Соntасt uѕ аt firstname.lastname@example.org оr саll uѕ аt 501-601-0315.
© 2019, BreakingBelizeNews.com. This article is the copyrighted property of Breaking Belize News. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.