Posted: Tuesday, May 2, 2023. 9:13 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: 29-year-old Adrian Pook of Ordonez Avenue was the eleventh murder victim for the month of April and the third in four days.
Despite being previously accused of murder himself – the charges were dropped along with that of his brothers after their trial in 2015 ended inconclusively – Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says Pook had joined the Leadership Intervention Unit (LIU) and was actively seeking to change his life and circumstances.
The Commissioner says much more is needed to reverse the trend of crime in the Old Capital in particular: “Certainly, yes, he was a member of the LIU, and as the LIU family we’re trying to do what we can to ensure that there’s no retaliation. But again, as I’ve said before, we are not naive to believe that this program is the answer to everything and because we now have the program, everything will come to a stop. It took us many years to get where we are and it is going to take us many years to be where we want to be and we continue to work in that direction. The LIU is not going to stop crime overnight. Crime will happen, but certainly, through the efforts of LIU, Belize City residents can tell you that they have seen a drastic reduction in shootings in the city; a drastic reduction in robberies.”
In the case of Pook, however, it proved too late. Officer Commanding Eastern Division, Assistant Commissioner Hilberto Romero, detailed how Pook came to die: “Information gathered from the scene is that Pook was at his residence when a male person came and fired a single shot at him, causing the fatal injury. The families who were at the yard at the time subdued the person and took away the [nine-millimeter] pistol, which was handed over to police. This person is at the KHMH, as he received injuries when he was detained by the family, and will be charged [with] murder as soon as he’s released from the KHMH.”
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