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Jan 5, 2004

Investigations continue in New Year’s stabbing

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While police try to bring closure to the killing of Michael Skeet, they have also been working through the backlog of cases that has built up since News Year’s, including two particularly grisly stabbings last week in Belize City.

This is the car police believe was used to kidnap twenty-six year old Gilbert Williams Miller. He was taken to this location on Sunray Avenue in Coral Grove where his abductors cut his throat and left him to die.

Jacqueline Woods

“Do the police know why Williams was killed?”

Sgt. Oscar Puga, O.C., Major Crimes Unit, Belize City

“Presently we are working on that cautiously because many information is coming into the police at this present moment, but we have information and we are presently clearing that up with respect to the motive why he was killed.”

Jacqueline Woods

“One motive the police are investigating is that it may have been a revenge killing because Williams lived in a neighbourhood believed to have ties with a particular rival gang and he may have either been mistaken as a member or acquainted with the group.”

Police have also been busy trying to crack the murder case of Kendale Dudley Robinson, who was killed following an argument with someone he knew. According to the Officer in Charge of the Major Crimes Unit, Sergeant Oscar Puga, they have been working with the public to solve the crime.

Sgt. Oscar Puga

“However, in that case we are holding information because there are some people that are trying to assist the police with information and if we release that information otherwise then it is possible that these people might withdraw.”

With four murders already tallied in the New Year, Puga says it will take a committed effort by police working with the public to keep the situation under control.

Sgt. Oscar Puga

“There is no need to state your name. We have two active lines 911 and 922, which the public has access to without even a charge on their telephone bills. Please, whatever information you have for the police, you can always call 911/922 and give us the information.”

Reporting for News 5, Jacqueline Woods.

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