Pook brothers set free after waiting murder verdict for 3 years Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 March 2019 00:00

Adrian, Ryan, and Michael Pook, all brothers, were accused of the murder of Errol Ferguson, which occurred in May 2011. Since then, the brothers have appeared in court countless times but on their most recent appearance, they received good news. On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, they appeared in the Supreme Court before Justice Colin Williams where they were freed of the charge. Justice Williams also allowed a stay of indictment on the matter, meaning that the brothers could not be again indicted on the same murder charge. This happened with the help of their attorney Leeroy Banner, who argued that his clients had been denied their fundamental rights for a fair trial.

This ruling is as good as an acquittal and came after more than seven years on remand and more than three years having awaited a decision on the case. Now retired justice of the Supreme Court, John “Troadio” Gonzalez failed to hand down a ruling before his retirement.

On May 5, 2011, Errol Ferguson, a taxi driver also known as “Lighta”, was chopped to death near the Administrative Building of St. Martin’s De Porres. The Pook brothers were accused of the crime and were remanded to the Belize Central Prison except for the youngest, Adrian, who was a minor at the time. He was remanded to the Wagner’s Youth Facility. Michael was also charged with damage to property for breaking the rear windshield of the taxi, which Ferguson drove being the property of another man.