Man sets fire to his Ex’s house Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 June 2018 00:00

Shaquille Martinez, a 22-year-old construction worker of a Neal’s Pen road address, has been accused of attempting to set fire to the house of his estranged girlfriend. Allegations against Martinez are that on May 28, 2018, he visited the home of Kimberly Miranda. Miranda refused to let him in and after refusing, she immediately smelled gasoline and saw a curtain on fire.

Martinez was arraigned on a single charge of arson when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on June 1, 2018. He was informed by the magistrate that because the crime is an indictable offense, it would be dealt with at the Supreme Court. As such, no plea was taken from him. Prosecutor in the case, Corporal Alrick Arnold, objected to bail, submitting that Martinez has been previously charged with common assault upon Miranda. After that incident, he was offered bail and ordered to stay at least 100 feet from Miranda.

In Martinez’s defense, his attorney, Ronell Gonzalez, submitted that Miranda is the mother of Martinez’s two children. Martinez is the children’s sole provider and he and Miranda made their own agreement that he would provide for them financially since Miranda is unemployed. Gonzalez urged the magistrate to take the children into consideration given that if Martinez is in jail, they would not be provided for.

Senior Magistrate Ford upheld the prosecution’s objection to bail since Martinez breached the conditions of his previous bail. For the crime of arson, Martinez has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison until August 7, 2018.