By Anita Nembhard
Free Lance Reporter
A police officer is being investigated pending possible charges of burglary and damage to property, for allegedly entering the Belize City Magistrates’ Court without permission and for causing damages to the door.
The scene at court on Thursday morning was an interesting one, as a number of onlookers gathered at the main entrance to the Magistrates’ Court, which doubled as the scene of a crime.
When Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith arrived at the court at 9:00 a.m., she was shocked to learn that the main entrance, which allows access to courts 3,4,5,6 and 7, could not be opened.
Within an hour a burglary report was made and CIB personnel and members of the scenes of crime office were called in.
Further investigation revealed that a police officer was guilty of breaking and entering the court building.
Reports are that moments after the officer left his post at the court, he realized he forgot his cell phone inside the court building.
He asked a fellow colleague to secure the phone, but when he got there, the door had been locked for the night. Anxious to get his hands on the phone, he visited the police station and took possession of the key to enter the building. It turned out he took the wrong key and ended up breaking it in the lock. He then called in a locksmith.
After gaining entry into the building and retrieving his phone, they locked the door.
Court personnel arrived to work at 7:30 the following morning, but simply could not access the building.
In a comical twist, the same locksmith who worked on the door that night, was called in to re-open the door in the morning. Two hours later the door was opened.
While the problem was being sorted, the Chief Magistrate called in the police to investigate the matter.
For acting outside his authority, the intrusive officer has since been placed on suspension and is expected to be charged tomorrow.