Eight granted Supreme Court bail; two for murder

Anthony Reyes
Jeremias Guerra

On Friday, June 26, 2020, as many fifteen persons stood before Justice Colin Williams of the Supreme Court for bail applications. David Arnold, Anthony Reyes, Cecil Gill, George Bol, Arnaldo Xol, Marcial Toledo, Jeremias Guerra, Dennis Dionicio, Keyron Gibson, Gumbercindo Can, Kijahn Bradley, Delson Paguada, Fernando Avila, Claudos Samuel, and Timothy Carcamo all appeared before Justice Williams. Eight of the fifteen were successful in their application while the remaining seven had their applications adjourned until July 3, 2020.
Dionicio, 23, has been on remand since November 21, 2019 after being charged with keeping ammunition without a gun license. He is now on bail in the sum of $5,000 provided that he reports to the Belmopan Police Station on Mondays, attend all court adjournments, and not leave Belize’s jurisdiction without the explicit permission of a judge of the Supreme Court.
Bradley, another applicant, was on remand for an attempted murder charge until his attorney, Norman Rodriguez, secured bail for his client. Along with his bail of $8,000 plus two sureties of $4,000 each, he must report to the Mahogany Street Police Station twice a week and must not interfere with the virtual complainant.
In Avila’s case, the resident of Dangriga Town, who was charged with being a member of a gang, was granted bail of $5,000. As part of his bail condition, Avila was ordered to report to the Dangriga Police Station twice a week, not to leave the jurisdiction, attend all court adjournments, and refrain from associating with any members of the Riverside Bloods gang, which he is accused of being part. In court, he was represented by attorney Leeroy Banner.
In the cases of Guerra, a 40-year- old construction worker of Belmopan, and Reyes, a 22-year-old barber of Belize City, they were granted bail on charges of murder due to special circumstances. Guerra, who represented himself in court, has been on remand since April 26, 2017 while Reyes had been on remand since April 3, 2018. Guerra is accused of beating 45-year-old Maria Candelaria Reymundo to death in March 2016 while Reyes is accused of the murder of 44-year-old Emmerson Anderson which took place in March 2018.
After both men were able to prove that the delay in their trials have been as a result of an error on the part of the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, they were each offered bail of $25,000 plus a surety of the same or two sureties of $12,500 each. Guerra is to report to the Belmopan Police twice weekly, must have no contact with witnesses, and must also not leave the jurisdiction without Supreme Court approval. Reyes must sign in twice a week at the Mahogany Street Police Station, must not leave Belize, and must abide by a curfew that has been imposed on him by the court. Both men had preliminary inquiries in their case but the lower court failed to send the deposition or disclosures to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, resulting in a delay of their trials. According to a crown counsel at the DPP’s office, the DPP is only able to indict a person for murder when they are provided with the disclosure from the Magistrate’s Court.