BELIZE CITY, Fri. Sept. 25, 2020– Constable Dwayne Sutherland, 23, of the Punta Gorda police, who is presently out on a Supreme Court bail of $10,000 after he was remanded by the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court for kidnapping and aggravated assault, and who was ordered to return to the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court on November 25, is again back in court for a criminal offense, this time for robbery.
Sutherland was remanded yesterday in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court until November 30, by Magistrate Stephanie Gillett. He was jointly charged with Anthony Arnold, 19, a laborer of Lemonal Village, Belize District, and they were both remanded.
On Monday, September 21, Independence Day, Ronald Heron, 23, told police that while in Burrell Boom, two men held him up with a firearm and robbed him of his motorcycle and a bag containing his cell phone and clothes, and they drove away.
Police arrested Sutherland and Arnold for the crime. In court yesterday, they pleaded not guilty, but bail was not offered to them, due to the nature of the offense.
It is likely that the Supreme Court bail that Sutherland was granted in his first case in Punta Gorda will be revoked.
On September 2, PC Dwayne Sutherland was released on bail of $10,000 by the Supreme Court after being read a charge of kidnapping. He is scheduled to return to court on November 25.
The hearing in the kidnapping trial was held in the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court on Monday, August 31, 2020, in front of Magistrate Ivy Pitts.
Sutherland’s former girlfriend, Alisha Valerio, 20, told police that on August 4, he took her against her will to his house, where he handcuffed her to a bed and assaulted her.
After the ordeal, when Sutherland had left the house, she was able to escape with the help of Sutherland’s neighbors, and she went to the police. Valerio told police that it was the third time that she had been kidnapped and assaulted by the police officer.
Police said that Valerio’s stolen phone was found with the policeman.
Sutherland also will also be charged internally by police for violation of the Police Code of Conduct by a police tribunal, which has the power to impose a sentence on him if he is found guilty, which can include dismissal with disgrace.