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Jun 2, 2016

Lionel Gillett Executed; His Home is Ransacked

Lionel Gillett

Taxi operator, Lionel Gillett was found dead at his mobile house in a secluded area of Belmopan on Wednesday afternoon. His family went to his home when he did not respond to their calls.  Gillett was executed sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday and his house was ransacked, leading police to believe that robbery motivated the murder. Still yet, that is not definitive and police say they are looking at all angles. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Who and why would anyone want to kill forty-five year old Lionel Gillett remains a mystery for his family and police. Today, relatives and friends gathered at the family home on Stann Creek Street, Belmopan making final preparations for his burial. The untimely death of the popular taxi operator occurred sometime between Tuesday after nine p.m. when he left his mother’s house en route to his house in the Rivera area and one o’clock Wednesday afternoon. One of his sisters and a friend discovered his bullet-riddled body at the foot of the steps to his mobile home.


On the Phone: Errol Leslie, Discovered Body

“Well what happened during the course of the morning, we were trying to get in touch with Leonel Gillett. We tried several times but his phone went straight to voice mail. So after one in the afternoon, myself, his sister and a friend went to check at his home to see if everything was okay with him.”


Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Police

“The body had gunshot wounds to the abdomen or the stomach area as well as to the head. Sometime after one p.m. we got the call that there was the lifeless body of a male person. We immediately proceeded to the area and we confirmed that yes, we can mention the name beucase the family has been informed. Leonel Cadle Gillett, forty-five year old taxi operator of Belmopan. He was a resident of the same area that he was murdered.”


Gillett lived almost a mile off the Hummingbird Highway in a secluded area.  The father of three was a humble man, liked by many and wasn’t known to have enemies. But was he killed in an aggravated burglary? Investigations reveal that his house had been ransacked.


Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett

“There is no definitive motive at this moment, but yes preliminary investigation is showing that somebody or someone or some persons might have ransacked his house as that is what we observed upon arriving at the area. They are conducting a post mortem which I believe will shed some more light as to what may have occurred last night. As you know the investigation is pretty young, as I alluded to, and we have to canvass the area. As I said previously, it is an isolated area so there are a few neighbors in the area. But we are doing our groundwork to try to bring closure to this.”


A post-mortem examination on the body was conducted on site on Wednesday due to the state of decomposition before transported to the San Ignacio Hospital morgue. Duane Moody for News Five.


No one has been detained for this latest homicide in the Belmopan jurisdiction. 

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