Canadian and Belizean charged for multiple crimes

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Police were able to detain two individuals involved with two separate incidents of crime in San Pedro on Sunday, August 21st, and Tuesday, August 23rd. In the first incident, Conroy Campbell, 32-year-old Belizean Laborer of an Airstrip Area address, reported to the police that around 3:30am on Sunday, August 21st, while he was at home, a group of men stormed into his house and assaulted him.

The first to enter was identified as Marc Elliot Frankel, a Canadian national, who punched him in the face. Following this, a group of men knocked down his door and stormed into his house and proceeded to beat him up; two of the men were identified as Dion Williams and Richard Bailey. Campbell visited the police station, where a statement was taken and he was issued a medical form. His injuries were classified as harm.

Marc Elliot Frankel, Canadian national The second incident occurred on the night of Tuesday August 23rd. 37-year-old American national, Marc Boniface, a visitor staying at a resort south of the island, reported that while socializing at a popular nightclub, he was approached by a Canadian national along with a dark-complexioned male. The latter reportedly placed an object believed to have been a fire arm to his back and ordered him to the beach. Once there, both individuals demanded that he give them $500.

Fearing for his life, Mr. Boniface escorted the men to the nearest Belize Bank ATM where he withdrew the money and gave it to them. He later visited the San Pedro Police Station and made a report.

As a result of this and the previous report, Marc Elliot Frankel along with Dion Williams, were jointly charged for the crime of robbery with a fire arm, as well as for the crime of Burglary in the first incident. They both appeared at the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court on August 25th where they both pleaded not guilty to the charges. As the second crime involved a fire arm, it is considered an indictable matter, and both were remanded to the Hattieville Prison.

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