Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2023. 11:56 am CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: When Kent Richards appeared in the High Court of Belize, it was to answer to charges of robbery and wounding which usually carry bail amounts between $5,000 and $10,000; however, his bail was set at $35,000 and Justice Ricardo O’Neil Sanfcroft explained why.
When asked by Richards’ attorney Brian Neal why his bail was $35,000 plus either one surety of the same or four 4 sureties of $8,750 each, Justice Sancroft explained that while bail is a right, the bail amount should be reflective of the severity of the offense.
He also said that the amount was set so high to send a strong message to those who chose to violate their bail conditions.
Richards was also placed on a 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. curfew and must sign in to a designated police station three times a week. But before he can even post bail, he was ordered to pay an outstanding fine of $805. He faces a year in prison if he defaults on his fine.
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