Thursday, June 11th 2015. BMG: The Commissioner of Police has sent out a press release to the various media houses in Belize to update the country on the death of Hilberto Sotz, the teenager that died in police custody on Monday, June 8th 2015 in Caye Caulker Village.
According to the press release, the criminal investigation and the result of the post mortem examination conducted certified the cause of death to be “vascular shock pronounced massive heart thrombosis acute post traumatic cerebral edema as a result of trauma to the head and body.”
Leonard Nunez, police constable #628, and Hallet King, police constable #819 both attached to the Caye Caulker police sub-formation were arrested and charged jointly for the murder of the teenager and arraigned yesterday afternoon before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. Both police officers have been remanded in custody until July 14th 2015 and have also been charged disciplinary.
The Commissioner of Police have also placed three other officers on immediate interdiction as investigation revealed that these officers were on duty at Caye Caulker police station at the time of the unfortunate incident. The three officers are: Cpl. Kirby Palma, WPC 1107 Bernadette Ramos and PC 1932 Edilberto Patt.
Additional officers have been deployed in Caye Caulker Village to replace those on interdiction to ensure continuous policing services are provided.
The press release ends by saying that “The Commissioner of Police and the Belize Police department stand by its commitment in maintaining a zero tolerance on abuse of person’s rights as well as any acts of wrong doing by its officers,” and further states that “a plan of action has been developed where effective immediately, Caye Caulker Village will be commanded by a senior officer in the person of Inspector Dehanne Augustine and supported by a senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Sergeant Norman Benguche.”
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