Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2022. 2:21 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Herbert Baptist, one of four men charged with professing to be a member of a criminal gang on a video that was widely circulated on social media, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison this week for violating the conditions of his bail.
The court had initially granted Baptist bail in the sum of $15,000 plus 3 sureties of $5,000 each with several conditions, which included that he should not have been charged with any criminal offense while out on bail and that he was to be indoors after 8:00 p.m.
Crown Counsel Glenford Dennison submitted to the court on Wednesday, that Baptist violated both those conditions, firstly by being charged with assaulting a police officer and secondly by being found on Central American Boulevard at 9:30 p.m. on March 30.
Baptist’s lawyer, Lisa Barrow submitted that he was only out because he was coming in from Corozal and had vehicle problems, and that police are targeting her client because he and others are preparing to file a civil suit against the Belize Police Department after officers shot him and others with rubber bullets when they came to his house on Police Street.
After submissions, Supreme Court Justice Susan Lamb determined that Baptist had, in fact, violated the conditions of his bail and revoked the bail.
Baptist and his younger brother Brandon Baptist, along with brothers Sheldon and John Grinage, appeared in court earlier that day over the gang affiliation charges. The matter was adjourned until May 10, and Baptist will have to remain on remand until such time.
The charges date back to August 6, 2021.
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