Posted: Monday, January 9, 2023. 9:06 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: This afternoon, a different kind of Police Department press conference took place at Racoon Street Police Headquarters in Belize City, in which the top cop in the Department and his enlisted defense counsel joined up to persuade the public that not much exists at this point to link accused double murderer Corporal Elmer Nah to a previous high-profile killing in which he was publicly accused.
Barber and community activist Fareed Ahmad was shot and grievously injured on December 27, 2017, but his post-mortem examination found that he actually died from blunt-force trauma sustained when, after being shot, his BMW vehicle crashed into the back of a parked flatbed truck at mile 16 on the George Price Highway. Amazingly, he remained alive for several hours but his injuries were too great and he subsequently passed on.
From the very start, suspicion fell on Ahmad’s passenger in the vehicle, then-Woman Police Constable Michelle Brown. Multiple eyewitnesses told Police that only she and Ahmad were seen in the vehicle at the time of the crash (one report suggesting Nah was there has not been corroborated and the interviewee has since absconded). Brown was noted by several colleagues to be agitated on the day of the incident and failed to sign in her firearm at the end of her duty tour before she was picked up to go home by Ahmad.
Bradley revealed that Corporal Nah’s name only came up in relation to alleged threats made to the Ahmad family from cellular phone numbers that were linked to him in the records of Belize Telemedia Limited. However, it was established that he was not personally linked to making the threats and that it was possible that the messages were faked to cause mischief.
Indeed, the sole piece of evidence – and most powerful in the eyes of some – against him is that Corporal Nah was named in Constable Brown’s testimony on the witness stand during her trial as the person she said had shot Ahmad. She was cross-examined, but in legal practice, while the judge is expected to put significant weight on sworn testimony as opposed to unsworn testimony, it is the prosecution who must prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt, and then-Justice Collin Williams found that with “conclusive evidence” missing or not properly accounted for and key witnesses in error, the Crown had not made him sure that Brown actually fired the shots that harmed Ahmad and intended to cause his death by doing so. Also, as Bradley told us, Corporal Nah was called earlier in the trial to testify and was not recalled to the stand to answer to the allegation.
As for how the case may be re-opened from here, Bradley said the best time to have opened such an investigation was immediately after Brown’s acquittal and faulted the Government and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for not doing so.
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