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Jan 4, 2017

Police Charge Patrick Harris with Dillon Grinage Murder in Sandhill

Patrick Harris

Since December thirty- first, the six murders have the police working around the clock, but except for one, police are yet to crack the cases.  Dillon Grinage did not live to see the New Year; he was killed in Sandhill at the close of 2016. Patrick Harris, a resident of the same village, was arraigned this afternoon after he was identified as the shooter. Intern Maria Reneau has the following report.


Maria Reneau, Reporting

Patrick Harris was charged for the murder of Dillon Grinage, the man who was killed on New Year’s Eve in Sandhill, Belize District. Harris was taken to the Magistrate Court this morning where he was to be arraigned and put on remand at the Belize Central Prison, but that did not happen and he was returned to police custody until two p.m. when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer for the crime. In the immediate aftermath of the homicide, a manhunt began to find the culprit. Harris was taken into custody and charged late Tuesday night.


Edward Broaster

ACP Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division 

“Patrick Harris was and is still on charge yesterday evening late for the murder of Dillon Grinage that occurred in Sandhill.”


Andrea Polanco

“Sir, what led to that arrest, that tip of that police investigation?”


ACP Edward Broaster

“Well the investigation and the evidence that we had gathered, as well as ID Parade that was conducted.”



“And have you been able to ascertain what the quarrel was about?”


ACP Edward Broaster

“At this time no.”



“He’s not cooperating?”


ACP Edward Broaster

“No, he’s not.”


Regional Commander, Edward Broaster couldn’t detail what led to the gun violence that claimed the life of the twenty-five-year old Sandhill handyman.  But on Tuesday, both ACP Broaster and Grinage’s sister, Deidra, said that it may have been as a result of an altercation earlier that day on December thirty-first.


Dillon Grinage

Voice of: Deidra Grinage, Sister of Murder Victim

“In the daytime, he was hanging out with some of his friends up the Maskal Road, and then they were just watching movies and stuff before they decided to take a walk out here. So he was with the same person he was with in the daytime and apparently the way they sat his back was turned to the dark, and so the person came from behind the old gas station and shot him. I don’t know how many shots, we hear that it was five and three caught him; I mean we hear a lot of different things – we don’t know.”


Duane Moody

“Is it possible that maybe it was mistaken identity?”


Deidra Grinage

“It was not, because if you shot five times and three caught there is no way you could have mistaken my brother for someone else.”


Duane Moody

“If yoh can’t catch Harry yo ketch ih shirt?”


Deidra Grinage

“Exactly, also that we’re thinking about all of these things.”


Reporter [File: January 3rd, 2017]

“Are you able to say…at this time is your investigation leading or showing what caused the victim to be targeted?”


ACP Edward Broaster

“Apparently, they had an argument earlier in the day.”


Grinage was reportedly shot five times, twice to the head, from behind by a gunman that came from the rear of an old gas station at the junction of the Philip Goldson Highway and the Maskal Circuit. He was rushed by police to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but died in transit.  Maria Reneau for News Five.


Harris was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until March first, 2017.

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