Screen_Shot_2016-10-12_at_7.53.22_PMIn less than two months, a government vehicle belonging to Deputy Prime Minister, Honorable Patrick Faber has been targeted. In the first instance, the Minister of Education and now Deputy Prime Minister claimed that the vehicle was stolen from in front of the home of a female friend then driven into the Caribbean Sea.


And last night, the DPM’s second vehicle was vandalized this time beyond repairs as it was set on fire. The incident happened at around midnight at the DPM’s home in Ladyville and was captured by the surveillance camera.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster shared more details about the case with the media.


Edward Broaster - Assistant Commissioner of Police


“We received a call a little after twelve, a fire at the minister’s residence where police responded as well as fire department and when police arrived they saw a vehicle engulfed in flames at the minister residence, the fire department quickly put off the fire and reviewing the surveillance system that the minister have revealed an intruder entered his premises just little before twelve and departed and came back with appear to be a tank of fuel poured it over the vehicle and set ablaze.”


Reporter


“In so far as the investigations have you had any breakthrough in terms of a lead, any suspects, where do you stand at this present moment?”


Edward Broaster - Assistant Commissioner of Police


“Currently we are looking for the suspects in reviewing the tape we have made his face and we are looking for the suspect at this time, we have no idea what the motive is at this time.”


About the targeted attack, Faber wrote on social media quote “Too close for comfort! My boys and I are safe... thanks to all those showing concern! Surveillance cameras caught the perpetrator in the act! The police is investigating!” end quote. And while reports surfaced that Faber was casting blame on the teachers strike, he alter added to his post quote “Regardless of the circumstances, I have not and have no intention of casting any blame on the BNTU and the teachers of Belize for last night's incident at my residence.” End quote.


The vehicle is valued at around 55 thousand Belize dollars. The police don’t believe the first and second vehicle incidents are connected. Security will now be provided at the DPM’s residence.


Screen_Shot_2016-10-12_at_7.53.47_PMAnd while the DPM is not laying blame on the teachers strike for the destruction of his vehicle, the Government of Belize is not being so candid. In a release issued late this evening, GOB strongly condemns the actions of those persons who put the lives of the Deputy Prime Minister and his two young children in danger by quote “illegally entering his yard and setting his vehicle on fire.


And after that the punch was released as the release states and we quote “The current climate created by the teachers’ strike is no excuse for this lawless behavior and Government calls on the mastermind and other persons involved in inciting violence to stop and allow the peaceful democratic process to proceed. End quote.

 

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