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Compol Williams says that legally Julian Henry could not have been granted bail

Commissioner Chester Williams also spoke on the matter involving the death of Las Flores resident, Daniel Orellano. He said that the law provides for the presiding magistrate in the case to deny Julian Henry bail.  Yesterday, the twenty-six-year-old Henry appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court to answer to a single count of manslaughter by negligence. The charge stems from Friday night’s incident where Henry accidentally shot and killed Orellano. The two friends were at a residence on Mariposa Street in Belmopan when Henry allegedly shot Orellano while cleaning his licensed shotgun. Following Henry’s arraignment, his attorney, Richard “Dickie” Bradley claimed that the magistrate denied Henry the right to his freedom despite stating that the court did not have the legal authority to grant him bail. Today, the ComPol agreed with the magistrate. 

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “I don’t think the Magistrate would be wrong. It’s an incident that occurred with the use of a firearm and under Section 16 of the Crime Control, and Criminal Justice Act. It clearly stipulates that persons who are charged for an offence committed with a firearm shall not be granted bail by the Magistrate.   And so the Magistrate would not have heard, as far as I am aware. If there’s something else that I’m not catching, I don’t know. I think the appropriate thing for Bradley to do is to go to the Supreme Court and apply for bail. But  don’t think it is a matter of where the police had objected to bail at all. The Magistrate is guided automatically by Section 16 of the Crime Control, and Criminal Justice Act.”