$200 bail for tearing apart $2 bill

Tyrone Meighan

Mutilating a currency note is a charge which has landed 27-year-old Tyrone Meighan in trouble with the law. Police say that while the car dealer was in custody at the Raccoon Street Police Station on Saturday, October 10, 2020, he ripped apart a $2.00 bill, an offense under the law. The police say that he did this without any lawful excuse and, as such, was charged with the offense and taken to court to answer to it.
Meighan was taken to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 where he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson. Meighan, who was represented by attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley, pleaded not guilty to the charge. There was no objection to bail and he was offered bail of $200. He is due back in court on December 10, 2020. According to Bradley, you cannot destroy the Queen’s currency because it is the currency of the Majesty. Similarly, the national flag cannot be destroyed.