A weekend traffic incident claimed the life of 40-year-old Stephen Olivas and a Zimbabwean national has been charged in the incident. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette, spoke of the case in today’s press brief.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “Hopkins Police was called to an area on the main road just outside of Hopkins or South of Hopkins where upon arrival they observed the motionless body of a Steven Olvia, 40 years, of a Hopkins Address and a little further from the body the police observed a blue in color bicycle with extensive damage to the back wheel. What was reported to the police is that Mr.Olivas was south bound when he was knocked down from behind by a white Range Rover at the time driven by one Mark Cairns, 57 years US national. The scene was processed and the body was removed to the Southern Regional Hospital where it was pronounced dead. So far police have since carried out an investigation and have since arrested and charged Mark Cairns for the crimes of manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, driving with an alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit. So far at this point those are the charges that he has received in relation to that. We were also made to understand that he is not a resident of Hopkins but was just visiting. As any foreign national their embassy or consulate is normally informed whenever those persons are involved in any incident or crime within our country.”
Representing Cairns in court today was Attorney Hurl Hamilton. According to Hamilton, Cairns has been ordered to surrender his traveling documents to the court.
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: “What happened in court today was that Mr.Cairns was brought before the Magistrate in Belmopan and he was read several charges in relation to a traffic accident that occurred over the weekend in Hopkins. He was charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and drove motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit. The magistrate granted him bail in the sum of $10,000 plus one surety in the same amount. He is to report back to the Dangriga Magistrate court on the 20th of January 2020. I was just retained, from what I have gathered was that there was a fatal road traffic accident in the village of Hopkins and someone died. Other than that, I can’t say more than that as the investigation is pretty young by the police but what is certain is that my client Mr.Cairns was charged for the accident that occurred I believe on Saturday night.”
The incident occurred on Friday, November 15 just before twelve midnight. Love News understands that Cairns is a regular visitor to Belize and is in the process of investing in a business in the south. We also learnt that through his attorney he has surrendered his Zimbabwean passport to the Court of Clerk in Belmopan where his case was heard.