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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Police probe discovery
of burnt aircraft
BELMOPAN, BELIZE—Police have launched an in-
vestigation into the discovery of a burnt aircraft
at an illegal airstrip in an area between Indian
Church and Hill Bank villages in Orange Walk Dis-
trict, north of here.
Head of the National Crimes Investigation
Branch, ACP Joseph Myvett, said while the investi-
gation “is in its very early stages” the authorities
had been tipped off by someone who saw
the plane land on Monday.
The authorities are working
on theory that the plane was in-
volved in the transport of illegal
drugs and that it was set on fire to
dispose of any evidence.
Media reports said that the area
where plane landed is noto-
rious for these types of illicit
activities and it is the third
suspected drug plane that has
been found in nine months in
The most recent landing
was three months ago in No-
vember, where burnt scraps
of the aircraft were discovered
in a remote cornfield near Hill
Bank, Orange Walk. (CMC)
Man 62, girlfriend get
bail on gun, drug charges
A 62-year-old man and his girlfriend have been granted
$450,000 approval bail on charges of cocaine trafficking,
possession of a firearm and marijuana.
Frederick Pollard and Ellen Hosein, 41, were arrested last
Friday at a house in Tarodale, Ste Madeleine.
Police claimed they found the illegal items at the house.
The charges read to them by San Fernando Senior Magis-
trate Cherril Anne-Antoine alleged that they had a revolver,
31.7 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and
37.8 grammes of marijuana in their possession.
Represented by attorney Chris Ramlal, the couple pleaded
not guilty to the charges. Ramlal told the magistrate Pollard
was considering asking for a maximum sentence indication.
He said Pollard and Hosein are in a relationship, but they
have no children.
He said Pollard, who has two children from a pre-
vious relationship, is a mechanic but he has not
been unable to work because of an injury to
his leg. Pollard has a malicious damage
conviction dating back 18 years ago. Ram-
lal said Hosein was unemployed, has no
children and had a clean record.
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan did
not object to bail. The charge was laid by
The magistrate also granted cash bail
in the sum of $30,000 for Pollard and
$15,000 for Hosein.
The matter was adjourned to March 13.
Vandals broke into the Vos
Government Primary School
in Gasparillo last weekend—a
week after burglars raided the
Biche Secondary School and
an armed robbery at Jordan
Hill Presbyterian in Princes
Students in one of the Standard
Four classroom’s were relocated
to the school’s library as police
gathered evidence. The vandal-
ism prompted renewed calls for
additional security from parents
Investigators said the school
was secured by the Standard Four
teacher around 4 pm on Friday. When the janito-
rial staff arrived at the compound yesterday, they
found the door leading to the classroom open.
The vandals gained entry by prising out the bur-
glar-proof and entered the classroom. They also
damaged filing cabinets and desk drawers. Noth-
ing valuable was in the classroom and nothing was
Police said they were not able to gain access to
the main administrative office as it is near the se-
curity booth. Several members of staff said yester-
day that they were fearful.
“We cannot leave anything valuable in school
anymore. We do not feel safe here at all,” one
teacher, speaking on the condition of anonymity,
Last Friday, the Biche Secondary school was
found ransacked. The thieves spent more than
four hours rummaging through the administra-
tive office and classrooms. Last Tuesday, an armed
robber walked into the Jordan Hill Presbyterian
school and held a teacher at gunpoint before es-
caping in the teacher’s Nissan Frontier. The van
was found abandoned in Palmiste a day later.
A contract worker who claimed he
stole US$903 in cable from Petrotrin be-
cause he needed money has been fined
Amitah Maharaj, 29, a senior plant op-
erator, also has to pay Petrotrin $1,000 in
compensation. Maharaj, who was employed
with a contractor working at the Pointe-a-
Pierre, refinery pleaded guilty to the larceny
charge in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said Es-
tate Constable Russell Coolman, attached to
Petrotrin Security and his colleagues, were on
patrol on the compound on Friday when he
saw Maharaj driving his (Maharaj’s) company
vehicle—a white Frontier van.
Maharaj stopped the van alongside his car which was
parked in the carpark. Maharaj then took out a quantity of
red armoured electrical cable from the van and placed it
in the back seat of his car. Maharaj was arrested by Cool-
man and taken to the Marabella Police Station where he was
Inquiring from Maharaj why he stole the cable, Senior
Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine said he did not seem to be
in a “hand-to-mouth” situation where he needed to steal.
The accused disagreed. He said he started a two year con-
tract in Petrotrin on February 1 and he has not yet been
Maharaj, who is not married and has no children, said
he also has to care for his ailing mother. The court heard
that Maharaj has one previous conviction for driving under
the influence from 2016. Under the Summary Courts Act,
the magistrate said the maximum compensation she could
award was $1,000. Maharaj asked for seven days to pay the
$4,000. If he fails to pay the fine he could serve four months
in jail and six weeks simple imprisonment if he fails to pay
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