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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2022. 10:45 am CST.

By BBN Staff: On March 1, the Government of Belize put an end to state of emergency regulations for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19; however, those that had cases before the court for violations prior to March 1 are still in danger of being fined or imprisoned over those charges.

Belize City resident, 24-year-old Tyrique Swaso is proof of this, as he was jailed last week over a mask violation charge he picked up back in January. But Swaso had bigger issues before the court, as he was recently charged for murder.

In court, he wasted no time immediately pleading guilty to the mask-wearing violation and initially asked to be fined the regulated $500 plus $5 cost of court, but after considering it, he told the court that he would prefer to take the three-month’s imprisonment for defaulting on the fine since he will be on remand at the Belize Central Prison anway.

Swaso is accused of the murder of Emroy Tracey, who was stabbed to death on Saturday. March 5, 2022.

 

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