General — 31 December 2015 — by Rowland A. Parks
Keyren Tzib gets Supreme Court bail in time for Christmas

BELIZE CITY, Wed. Dec. 23, 2015–Belize Coast Guard seaman, Keyren Tzib, 24, who had been on interdiction for a shooting incident involving a fellow Coast Guard officer in April and who was charged three months later, in July, with manslaughter following the stabbing death of her common-law husband, Thytis Blancaneaux, was released on Supreme Court bail this morning.

Supreme Court Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez released Tzib on a bail of $10,000 plus two sureties of the same amount. Gonzalez ordered that Tzib report to the Ladyville Police Station every Tuesday and Friday and that she surrenders all of her travel documents to the court.

In addition, the court also stipulated that Tzib stay away from all prosecution witnesses in the case.

Tzib first entered the public spotlight on Easter Monday of this year, when upon returning to Belize City onboard a Coast Guard vessel, she shot Petty Officer Kurt Hyde in the face with her service-issued, M4 Carbine semi-automatic.

For that offense, Tzib was charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm.

Three months later, Tzib was back in the public spotlight when she allegedly stabbed her common-law husband to death during a domestic dispute at their Lords Bank resident in Ladyville.

She was charged with manslaughter and was remanded to prison. Tzib had made several trips from the Belize Central Prison to the Supreme Court for her bail application hearing, but had been unsuccessful until today.

During her attorney’s lengthy struggles with the judicial system to secure her freedom, it was revealed by mental health professionals who examined Tzib that she suffers from a bipolar disorder.

During the bail application hearings, Tzib was represented by attorney Darrell Bradley, while the Crown’s case was presented by Crown Counsel Kileru Awich.

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