By Anita Nembhard
Free Lance Reporter
The case of 28-year-old Belize City resident, Darryl Alvarez, who back in August of 2014 was accused of setting his Aunt’s house on fire, was committed to the Supreme Court for arson.
Alvarez who was unrepresented during the Preliminary Inquiry, made submissions on his own behalf before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith.
Alvarez asked the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith to visit the area where the fire occurred, the home of his Aunt located in the Gungulung area, to prove that the fire was caused by an illegal electrical connection. He also asked her to visit BEL and request information as to whether or not the house of Kent Skeet was ever electrified.
All this he claimed, would vindicate him, proving that the allegations made against him was a fabricated story.
On August 1, 2014, the home of his aunt Sonia Harris, a Belizean/American was set on fire. The blaze was ruled to be one of arson by the Belize National Fire Department.
Alvarez who occupied the house, was linked to the arson due to circumstantial evidence, as no one witnessed him set the fire. His aunt, Sonia Harris said that on the day of the incident, she and her nephew got into an argument in which he believed that she was putting him out of the house. The aunt told police Alvarez said to her during their argument, “Two of us will not live in this house because I wah burn it down…”
Seconds after he told his aunt these words, his sister, Queenie Alvarez said she saw her brother Darryl in the yard. She saw him grab his bicycle and rode off. Fifteen seconds later, the house began to smoke and a fire ignited in his aunt’s yard.
Sonia Harris who was visiting Belize and was in the midst of renovating her house, lost everything in the fire.
Alvarez was offered bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount under the condition that report to the police station once a week and stay away from his aunt and other relatives who are witnesses in the case against him.