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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2020. 10:28 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The owners of the night club in front of which a double murder and multiple shooting took place in San Ignacio Town have distanced themselves publicly from Saturday night’s events.

But that won’t stop Commissioner of Police Chester Williams from going after their license to operate.

On a visit to the area on Sunday, the Commissioner revealed during Monday’s press briefing in Belmopan: “I went by to get an appreciation as to what the area looks like as well as the establishment and from my observation; the establishment is a very small building per se. From what I can discern from it is that it is not a place that is suited to be a night club…”

The Commissioner added, “The fact that the place is so small, it reaches it’s capacity very early and so prospective patrons would have to wait outside until when those who are in come out and makes space for them, that cannot continue, and so I have spoken to the Mayor of San Ignacio, Mr Trapp and I’ll be speaking to the Minister of Local Government today. It is my hope that we can forfeit the nightclub license that they are working under and that they can continue as a publican special and not as a night club and so that is in motion to see what can be done.”

The Department has long been working on measures to restrict night club operations, particularly with regard to the use and sale of alcohol, as it believes this is one of the leading causes of criminal activity and especially murder.

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