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Nov 1, 2013

Another cabbie murdered in Belmopan

Orlando Smith

On Thursday night, there was a murder in the Salvapan area of the capital where another taxi driver lost his life. The body of the cabbie, Orlando Smith, was found dead with his throat slit; his vehicle was also recovered not far away between miles forty-four and forty-five on the George Price Highway. It is believed that robbery was behind the murder and police are looking at three fares seen in Smith’s taxi just before the murder, as the suspects. Duane Moody has a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Just after eight on Thursday night, Belmopan Police recorded yet another homicide of a taxi operator from the municipality. The body of forty-seven year old Orlando Smith was found with its throat slit and strewn in the middle of Costa Rica Street Extension in a remote area in the Salvapan Area. His taxi was missing and later found on the George Price Highway.

 

Sinquest Martinez

ASP Sinquest Martinez, O.C., Belmopan Police Formation

“We found the body; it had a cut wound to the neck. He was bleeding after which we transported the body to the Western Regional hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

 

Rata, as he was affectionately known, was a taxi driver from Roaring Creek for the past nine years. According to Carol Smith, the last time she spoke to her husband was late Thursday evening and was shocked when she heard the tragic news from her sister-in-law after eleven o’clock.

 

Carol Smith

Carol Smith, Wife of Deceased

“Fi he sister, she bring the news if I hear the news that dehn kill mi husband; that dehn kill Rata. I tell her gial I noh hear nothing. She ask me if I strong fi get up and go see ahn. I tell ahn yes cause seeing is believing and I gwen check to make sure. When I reach, dehn done ker ahn dah di morgue. So I asked how ih reach there, dehn say the police vehicle ker ahn dah the morgue. As they hear I dah di wife, dehn open ahn and when I look to identify ahn. Yes dah he and brother Fem mi out there. I see ih face under wah pool of blood. Ih never had on no cap. I just want them fi know that dehn take away my breadwinner, but because I trust my god, I wah get my justice and whoever do this, I tell dehn dehn hearty cold.”

 

Police say that information collected from the investigation so far indicates that robbery was the motive of this senseless murder. And that they are looking for two Belmopan residents in connection with the murder.

 

ASP Sinquest Martinez

“The motive has been ascertained as robbery. His geo prism was not found on the scene. Neighbors saw the vehicle speed off in that area and the vehicle was found on the George Price Highway.”

 

Reporter

“Do you have any leads? I understand that you are looking for two persons of interests.”

 

ASP Sinquest Martinez

“Yes we surely do. We are looking for two persons of interests that could assist us in this investigation. The vehicle was stolen but recovered; certain items were stolen from out of his vehicle and that is the reason why I say that the motive is robbery.”

 

The murder weapon has since been recovered. Anyone with information is asked to contact the nearest police station or crime stoppers Belize at 0-800-922-TIPS. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Smith was a father of three.

 

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