BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Nov. 3, 2016–In early September, days after it was revealed that the Government Press Officer, Dorian Pakeman, had tested positive for cocaine in his blood, he was put on unpaid leave from his job at the Government Press Office.
About two months has passed since that revelation, and Pakeman has not yet been charged in connection with the road traffic accident that resulted in the death of Dean Dawson, a mechanic and resident of Gardenia, in the Belize District.
Today, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, confirmed that the Pakeman file was sent back to her office from the police without the police complying with her directives.
Dean Dawson, 45, was knocked down and killed as he rode his bicycle on the Philip Goldson Highway between Miles 22 and 23 on the night of Wednesday, March 30.
Dawson’s common-law wife, Therese Abraham, arrived on the scene shortly after the accident and learned that Pakeman, a resident of Ladyville who was returning home from Orange Walk Town and was driving a government Isuzu D-Max, had just overtaken another driver at high speed before his vehicle ploughed into Dawson, killing him on the spot.
Amandala asked Assistant Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster about the Pakeman investigation, and why the DPP’s directives had not been complied with.
ASP Broaster told us that there is only one item remaining for police to fully comply with the DPP’s directives.
The Pakeman investigation, however, took a bizarre twist when police confirmed that Dawson’s blood, in their custody, had been tampered with to make it appear that he had been intoxicated.
ASP Broaster had indicated that whoever was responsible for tampering with Dawson’s blood would be dealt with criminally.
Tonight, Amandala asked ASP Broaster about the status of that investigation, whether or not anyone has been disciplined for tampering with evidence in an investigation.
He told us that matter is still under investigation.
Amandala asked the ACP if there isn’t a simple chain of custody in dealing with that kind of tampering with evidence.
ACP Broaster replied, “Yes, but you will still have to prove who tampered with it.”
As it now stands, the Pakeman file will be sent back to the police for them to comply with all of the DPP’s directives before it is determined what charge, if any, will be laid on Dorian Pakeman.