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Nov 11, 2015

Bottle Picker Dies After Being Badly Beaten By Chinese Businessman

There is an ongoing criminal investigation into the death of fifty-one-year-old Arlie Andrew Avilez of Belize City. Avilez passed away since October but a post mortem examination has just been concluded. The results show that it may not have been a case of natural death. Last month, on October ninth, he was involved in a brawl on the Philip Goldson Highway with a Chinese hotelier, Chen Wen Hua, who suspected that Avilez had stolen tools from him. Police at the time claimed that during the melee, Avilez hit the businessman with an iron rod. Both men ended up in a drain but Avilez had to be hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. The duo was taken into the Belama precinct and Avilez was subsequently charged with wounding on October thirteenth. But while Avilez pleaded guilty, he shared a different account of what transpired.  According to Avilez, whenever he was out of a job as a sanitation worker he would collect bottles.  He told the court that he was badly beaten while collecting bottles in a drain near Hua’s establishment.  Furthermore, Avilez said that he later visited a doctor after being struck in the head during the incident.  He then showed the Chief Magistrate a doctor paper where he said that he spent six days in the hospital. Avilez said, (Quote) “I almost died. He chopped me up so bad. He took my face and pushed it into the drain trying to drown me.” (Unquote) He concluded by stating that the police fabricated the story. Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith believed Avilez, cautioned and discharged him with a reprimand. But because of the injuries, he was hospitalized on October fifteenth and succumbed ten days later on October twenty-fifth. For an unexplained reason, a post mortem was concluded just this past Tuesday and the results show the cause of death to be head trauma. Police say the file will be forwarded to the office of Director of Public Prosecution for advice.

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2 Responses for “Bottle Picker Dies After Being Badly Beaten By Chinese Businessman”

  1. youserious says:

    First the file has to go to Lee Mark…jijiji. He will decide if the case goes to court or the individual sent back to China. To many peoples eyes, the deceased was only a bottle picker, being a Belizean citizen is just to give him an identity.

  2. Al says:

    Soon you will hear the chiney man abscond just like the last one who murdered the young boy some months ago. Chiney have money, belizeans don’t. Money talks, bullshit walks.

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