Trio of Police Officers Await Trial for Coerced Sexual Acts, Face Legal Setbacks

Trio of Police Officers Await Trial for Coerced Sexual Acts, Face Legal Setbacks

Three police officers remain on interdiction tonight after they were arrested and charged for wilful oppression back in April 2020.  The officers, 49-year-old, Corporal Jason Shaw; 41-year-old, Constable Leslie Martinez, and 24-year-old, Constable Anthony Villamil are still awaiting the start of their trial which has seen multiple setbacks causing the delay.  Today the trio appeared before Justice Candace Nanton in the Belize High Court where their matter was adjourned to April 22 where they will have a Case Management Conference (CMC).  The conference is a layout of the trial in terms of how many witnesses will be called, and the timeline for the duration of the trial, among other factors.  Another setback noted today in court is that Shaw had contracted the legal services of Oscar Selgado who is now in prison after being found guilty of abetment to commit murder.  Martinez also appeared unrepresented in court today, while Villamil had representation via Attorney Hurl Hamilton.  Both Martinez and Shaw indicated that Richard Dickie Bradley is their new lawyer, but Bradley told Love News that that is not the case.  The charge of wilful oppression against the three cops follows an incident on the morning of April 5, 2020, where the officers allegedly coerced two persons to engage in sexual acts inside an abandoned building on Central American Boulevard.  The three then proceeded to record the acts and caused the recording to reach social media platforms.

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