Victim of San Pedro Attack Speaks
Last night we told you about the rogue policeman and BDF soldier on
San Pedro who were charged along with a civilian for kidnapping, aggravated
burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and harm. They are accused
of a case of gross and criminal abuse of power. 45 year old fruit vendor Juan
Perez reported that 23 year old Police Constable Derrick Gideon, 21 year old
BDF Soldier Justin Casimiro and 29 year old civilian, John Cus went on the boat
where he was sleeping, roughed him up and stole from him. The plain-clothed
lawmen and the civilian also detained and were about to kidnap him when he escaped.
Yesterday Perez told his story to the San
Juan Perez, Robbery Victim
“They told me they were policemen and they came to search my boat
because I have drugs in the boat. I told them I do not use drugs and I don’t
sell any drugs. They told me that they have information that I am selling drugs
and that I should tell them where the drugs are.
Gideon told me that I have drugs and he will search me first, when he searched me, he found $650 and told me that it was illegal money and that he will take
it. I told him OK but that's the money from which I sell vegetables.
I stayed with the other two men on the dock, they told me if I did something,
they would shoot me.
Gideon after searching the boat he said to me why did you lie to me?, he
then hit me on the left side of my face. He wanted to hit me again but I told
him to continue to search the boat. So he took out me assistant by pushing him
and shouting at him and hit him twice on his head.
Gideon told me to stay on the dock while one of the men went inside the
boat with the minor and then he put a gun to his head asking him where is the
I told my assistant stay in the boat, they will take me to the police station.
I thought they were going to take me to the station. They were taking me to
the San Pedrito area. When we reached in front of the field I managed to escape
Perez told the Sun that he believes they were taking him to the San
Pedrito area to kill him. When he escaped – he ran to some soldiers –
who were incredulous at first, saying that the man he is accusing is a soldier.
Right then, he claims Gideon gave him back the knife that he had stolen from
him on the boat. A police report issued today alleges that while Gideon searched
the boat he knocked the minor unconscious when he hit him. As we reported last
night all three men have been placed on remand at the Hattieville prison.
Gideon has been interdicted from active duty on half pay, pending the
outcome of the charges against him. The soldier was off duty and Commander Dario
Tapia says he will recommend to the Security Services Commission that he be
In a related development, the police officer who was on patrol
with the BDF two weeks ago in Belize City when they lost the M-16 has rifle
been charged for the disciplinary offences of Prejudice to Good Order and Discipline,
and Dereliction of Duty.
He appeared before a tribunal where he pleaded not guilty. The two
soldiers who were with him were found guilty by a military tribunal and were
awarded 40 days imprisonment at Kolbe – with a forfeiture of pay for that
period. The soldier who was directly responsible for the missing weapon was
placed on stoppage of pay and both were recommended for discharge to be approved
by the Security Services Commission.