Monday, August 31, 2015.BMG: The brutal murder of 29 year old Juana Cowo, a Belizean Labor officer of Punta Gorda, stunned the peaceful coastal town back in the beginning of July, when the young woman was found dead and partly decomposed inside her apartment on the corner of King and Jose Maria Nunez Streets.
An autopsy later revealed that Cowo died from a stab wound to her neck area and suffered from trauma wounds to the head as well, before taking her last breath on the bedroom floor of her apartment on July 3rd.
In the wake of this cold-blooded murder, all fingers pointed toward Cowo’s on again and off again boyfriend, 55 year old Alberto Coleman, a bus driver of the Hopeville area, who was said to be the last person that saw Cowo alive and had her car after she went missing.
Coleman was detained by police after the discovery of Cowo’s body but was later released due to lack of evidence against him; that is until he was re-arrested on Wednesday, August 26th, in a pre-dawn operation, when police officers raided his home around 4:30 a.m, allegedly without a search warrant.
Coleman was given a court date of Thursday, August 27th, 2015 but Before making it to court, he suffered heart problems and was admitted at the Punta Gorda Hospital where police officers guarded him day and night, until his release after a couple of days. Coleman recovered and was arraigned before Magistrate Emerson Banner on Thursday for a single charge of murder, after which he was remanded into prison until October 29th, when he is scheduled to re-appear in court.
It is widely speculated in Punta Gorda Town that Coleman may not have been the culprit in the murder of Cowo and he continues to declare his innocence, but his fate now hangs in the balance and in the hands of a jury that will decide if he walks free, or faces serious jail time for the offence of murder.
Punta Gorda Police says that the indictment of Coleman is a result of an investigation surrounding the circumstances of Cowo’s death but for whatever reason, word around PG suggests that this case was seemingly taken personally by the police department, which was adamant in charging someone, anyone, or at least who it taught was the most likely person to have killed Cowo, even if that meant re-arresting Coleman with only circumstantial evidence and without a warrant.
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