UDP’s Standard Bearer for Mesopotamia, Shyne Barrow, found himself in the middle of a domestic disturbance over the weekend. A report from the Belize Police Department was leaked showing a statement made by Shyne’s wife, accusing him of kicking her in the back causing her to stub her big toe. The report made its way on several social media platforms; but, by the next day it was retracted. Shyne’s wife issued a statement saying she had exaggerated the incident to the police out of anger and frustration. A short while later Shyne took to social media condemning domestic violence. What the media later learnt from the Police was that the report was a reference report and not one intended to have charges laid against Shyne. Joseph Myvett, Assistant Commissioner of Police, explained what a reference report entails.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “A report was received on Saturday night however it was a future reference report that required no court action but however the report was still entered in our system. She also was seeking some sort of relief from the family court in that regard in relation to the said incident and she later came back yesterday and withdrew that report she had given. As you know the report would have already been entered into the system so it was still in the system when it was leaked. In such a case it won’t be from the onset that the person is saying that I am making this report not for the purposes of court action. Those reports that are carried forward is that it’s where the complainants would give a report and request court action and then come back and later want to withdraw those complaints. It would not have been a mischievous act if someone gave a report which is not false it would probably have fallen under the offence of mischievous act had the report been a false report. Obviously when she came into make a report and detailed the circumstances surrounding the report the police would not necessarily determine your report to be as false the report would have to be investigated in order to determine such.”
We reached out to Shyne Barrow for an interview but he declined. He did comment via Whatsapp, however, that the matter is a delicate private family matter. He added, quote, “My wife and I need time to focus on our marriage. I respect that I am a public figure which is why both my wife and I released separate statements clarifying the matter. I will not go beyond what my wife and have already shared in our statements.” End of quote.