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May 8, 2012

Husband says unknown assailant killed his wife

The abundance and availability of guns and ammunition on the street has resulted in six persons being shot since Friday night; they all managed to survive.  But it’s not a Belize City shooting incident that has gripped a southern community, but the murder of an octogenarian who was killed was in cold blood.   Since Monday reports from news stations and the social media have been abound with intimate details of foul play in which a husband had allegedly killed his wife, a woman of eighty-one years. And while we also carried that story on Monday, the details were sketchy and the Police Department was unable to confirm the facts. Most media reports relied on neighbors who fingered the husband as the suspect because of an allegedly tumultuous relationship.  But according to the official police report, no suspect has been named.  According to the Intermediate Southern Formation, May fourth at eight p.m. police responded to a scene in San Pablo Village, Toledo District where they saw the body of eighty-one year old Guatemalan National Maria Chen, lying faced-down in a pool of blood.  Chen’s body was on a bed where a stab wound on her throat was observed by the investigators.  Her common-law-husband, seventy-nine year old Manuel Pec was lying in a hammock with a cut to his right cheek. The Guatemalan farmer’s right hand was also broken.  Pec’s version of the incident is nowhere close to the earlier versions reported in the media.  Pec told police that at around seven p.m. he and his common-law wife turned in for the night, she retired to the bed and he slumped into a hammock. That was when he heard his wife shout, “Someone is killing us.” He claimed he was knocked in his face after hearing his wife’s cry. He was unable to see inside the house or the assailant at the time because the lights were turned off. The police report did not say if Pec called the police or if he was cooperating with the investigation.  However, Chen’s body was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital where it now awaits a postmortem examination.  The crime scene, injuries to the husband and the postmortem examination results are all necessary to provide clues as to who killed the eighty-one year old woman. There are also other police cases that await postmortem examinations. But the negotiations between the Ministry of National Security and their forensic pathologist Doctor Mario Estradabran have slowed the pace of several cases that have taken national interest. Recently the family of Kevin ‘Boco T’ Myvette had come to Channel Five to complain that they could not bury his body because of the unavailability of the pathologist. Myvette was the second person to die inside a holding cell at the San Pedro Police Formation in the past few months.

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4 Responses for “Husband says unknown assailant killed his wife”

  1. Storm says:

    Forget Estradabran and hire a new and competent medical examiner!

    He has allowed too many murder cases slip from his fingers because so often he is incompetent to determine a cause of death.

    We have the fifth highest murder rate in the world, and one of the lowest conviction rates. We need to pay to get someone in the coroner’s office who knows what he is doing, AND IS WILLING TO DO IT!

    Estradabran has been a disgrace for a long time, and he just underscores the fact with his current “general strike.”

  2. jb says:

    I totally agree with storm…Estrdaban is very incompetent. His end result of a postmortem is almost always unknown. GOB needs to get a better medical examiner….

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  4. reatph says:

    we need more than one pathologist

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