There is another case where the DPP’s office is being blamed again. This time, however, the report is that the case files have gone missing. This particular case has to do with the death of an 8-year-old girl who was knocked down on June 18, 2019 as she crossed the pedestrian ramp near her school in Belmopan. The media asked ACP Joseph Myvett about the case file during today’s press brief.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: ” As far as we know the matter is slated to come up for preliminary inquiry at the Magistrate’s court sometime in October and that the file was sent to the Office of the DPP upon signature so we have not yet made checks to see where the file is but we know that it is not in our possession because it was sent to the Office of the DPP.”
Reporter: Have police received any report of these files being missing ? You say you haven’t checked with the DPP as yet but is there anything on your radar to say that perhaps the DPP does not have these files in her possession ?
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: ” No. Not that we know about. There’s a processed which is followed in order to get this done and that there is usually a duplication of the file and the file is hand delivered and is then handed over upon signature and that is also the way it is sent back when it is sent back to us from the DPP’s office.”
Reporter: So presently you don’t have two copies of the one file.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “I do not know I’d have to check. The investigator would probably have his copy and then the original will probably go to the DPP or in some instances or most instances now these statements or most part of the file or the electronic case file is usually saved so it is just a matter of going back and retrieving what was saved in terms of the electronic case file.”
The child, Gabriella Corales, was a student at Our Lady of Guadalupe primary school in Belmopan. The reports are that the DPP’s office has insisted that the file is with the Police while the Police have said that the file is at the DPP.