Hon. Mark King gets bail

Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation with responsibility for gangs, Mark King, was arraigned on three criminal charges in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court, on Thursday.
He appeared before Corozal Magistrate, Clive Lino, who offered him bail in the sum of $4,000 plus one surety. His case was adjourned to April 16.
According to reports, King, the area representative for the Lake Independence area, was involved in a Tuesday morning altercation at the Princess Casino at the Corozal Free Zone, where he allegedly assaulted a police officer.
Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow, after being briefed on the situation during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, placed King on a three-month suspension without pay from Cabinet.
In the government press release, Barrow described the allegations against King as “unbecoming conduct.”
Following his suspension, King sent out his own press release in which he did not admit to any wrong doing, but said that he “regretted that the incident occurred.”
On Wednesday, the Reporter spoke to the Magistrate Court Administrator, who confirmed that Corozal Police would level four criminal charges against King: use of threatening words, assaulting a police officer, and disorderly conduct and aggravated assault.
But when King appeared in court, the charge of assaulting a police officer was withdrawn.
King, along with an entourage, became embroiled in a heated back and forth inside the Casino, sometime after 2:00 a.m.
The incident was said to have been sparked when a member of his group was found violating one of the establishment’s rules.
After security managed to remove the individual from inside the casino, Corozal Police intervened and attempted to arrest, but King allegedly would not allow the police officers to perform their duty.
The person arrested was placed inside the pan of a police pickup truck, and King reportedly jumped inside the pan of the pickup truck and assaulted the arresting police officer.
But when the police reported on the incident in their press release on Tuesday, there was no mention of Mark King’s involvement.
The police release, captioned “Assaulting a police officer,” only named one individual, Ramon Witz Jr., 22, a businessman and resident of Punta Gorda Town, who was charged with assaulting a police officer.
According to police, a uniformed police officer was outside the Princes Casino around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, when he observed the casino security guard escorting a man out of the casino.
After the first man was escorted outside, casino security escorted a second man, who police say was behaving disorderly. Witz, police reported, attempted to hit one of the security guards.
When the police responded, Witz pushed him and then punched him in his face. Police arrested him and cautioned him that he would be charged for assaulting a police officer.
The following day, Wednesday, police issued another report on the casino incident; this time specific reference was made to Minister Mark King.
Police said that Diego Witz Jr. attempted to punch one of the casino security guards, as a result he was placed under arrest.
The report continued, stating that “while waiting at the Police Booth for the Police Mobile, Mr. Mark King, Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation allegedly intervened to have Witz released.
Witz Jr. was place on the pan of the Police Mobile and Minister Mark King reportedly got into the pan of the Mobile where the Minister allegedly threatened and assaulted the police officer.”

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