Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2022. 8:40 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: A police officer accused of beating up his girlfriend and damaging several household items, is out on bail despite several objections from the prosecution that bail could endanger the victim.
Police constable Harold Thompson appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, where he was read one count of damage to property, one count of common assault and one count of harm. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and that’s when police prosecutor Corporal Duelene Neal objected to bail, giving a list of reasons the court should consider.
Cpl. Neal noted that there is an increasing prevalence of domestic violence in Belize, that the victim may be in danger if Thompson is released on bail as she noted he visited her house twice to assault her, and that, as an officer of the law, Thompson should have known and conducted himself better.
When asked why he should be granted bail, Thompson said that he should not go to jail because the charges against him were fabricated by his estranged partner.
He was eventually given bail in the sum of $2,000 plus one surety of the same. His bail has as many as eight conditions attached to it, including that he is not to have contact with the claimant, or with the witnesses being called by the prosecution while the matter is before the court.
The victim told police that Thompson had come to her house on July 2, following a heated argument the day before. She threw bottles at him and he managed to get close to her and kicked her several times, then tasered her in the leg before leaving. He allegedly returned on July 7 and destroyed a mirror, and fan, also punching a hole in a wall.
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