Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2022. 9:18 am CST.
By BBN Staff: A Belize City resident accused of robbing a man with a phony gun was granted bail in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court this week, but still ended up going to jail.
Nineteen-Year-old Robert Arnold appeared in court on Wednesday, represented by attorney Norman Rodriguez, where he was read a single charge of robbery.
The prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that the victim could not have known that the firearm being used was fake and that the fear he felt at the time was real. The prosecution added that, with the prevalence of robberies in Belize City at this time, the Magistrate should consider denying bail using Section 16 of the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act.
However, attorney Rodriguez submitted to the court that prevalence was not enough to deny bail and that the prosecution in any event did not prove that robberies are actually prevalent. With that, the Magistrate granted Arnold bail in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same.
Arnold was unable to meet bail that day and was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until he is able to do so.
His attorney also mentioned that Arnold was severely injured and claimed that he was brutalized by police while in their custody.
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