Crime — 22 August 2014 — by Rowland A. Parks
Case against Gilroy Usher, Jr., struck out for want of prosecution

BELIZE CITY—Gilroy Usher, Jr., the son of People’s United Party (PUP) standard bearer for Port Loyola Gilroy Usher, Sr., who had several charges pending in the Magistrate’s Court from an incident in 2012, was able to walk out of court freed from the charges after the case was struck out today for want of prosecution.

Usher was booked on charges of aggravated assault and harm after a misunderstanding occurred between him and court bailiff Gabriel Casey, in Casey’s office located on the Magistrate’s Court compound, at about 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2012.

Usher, Jr., who is the owner of First Stop Pawn Shop, was charged and arraigned on two counts of aggravated assault upon Casey and assault upon P.C. Edgar Poot. In addition, he was charged with one count of harm upon Poot.

The case was scheduled to continue this morning before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, but it did not proceed.

The first witness for the prosecution, Casey, took the witness stand and indicated that he did not wish to testify in the matter. The prosecutor then called for the second witness, Poot, but he was a no-show when his name was called.

Magistrate Cayetano then struck out the case and told Usher, Jr. that he was free to go.

Just as the case was struck out and Usher was about to leave the courtroom, Poot walked into the courtroom. He was too late, however.

Usher was being represented by attorney Ellis Arnold, S.C.

The allegations that were made by both Casey and Poot were that Usher had first assaulted Casey, and after they got into a struggle, Usher’s gun fell to the floor.
When it appeared that Usher was about to get his gun, PC Poot intervened and kicked the gun away, preventing Usher from getting it.

The dispute between Usher and Casey was over court summons that Casey was supposed to have served on persons who owed Usher’s pawn shop money for which he was taking them to court.

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