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Jul 10, 2017

Why Was Honduran Handyman Plutarco Noralez Marked for Murder?

Plutarco Noralez

Police on the island are also investigating the unusual death of a Honduran national. Fifty-six-year-old Plutarco Noralez relocated to Belize from La Ceiba, Honduras years ago – first living in Dangriga before taking up residence in San San Pedro five years ago. But on Wednesday morning he arrived at the polyclinic complaining of chest pains; he died less than an hour later. His condition did not raise alarm bells until a postmortem determined that he succumbed from severe trauma to the chest caused by a blunt object. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

It was initially treated as a case of sudden death, but a postmortem last Thursday on the body of San Pedro resident, Plutarco Noralez, has revealed that he was murdered. The fifty-six-year-old Honduran national died from traumatic asphyxia as a result of severe blunt force trauma.


Henry Jemmott

Supt. Henry Jemmott, Regional Commander, Coastal Executive Unit

“We got an information on Wednesday that a male person died at the hospital. We proceeded to that location where we made checks and saw the lifeless body of Mister Plutarco Noralez, a Honduran national. He has no fixed addressed. All we know is that he wonders around in the Boca Del Rio Park and he is a frequent drinker that remains in that area.”


According to reports, Noralez arrived at the polyclinic in San Pedro on Wednesday morning, complaining of severe chest pains. Less than an hour later, around eight-fifty a.m., he succumbed in the emergency room. His cousin, Alex Jason Noralez found out about his demise later that evening.


Alex Jason Noralez, Cousin of Murder Victim

“Wednesday evening, one of his drinking buddies contacted me, inquiring whether I knew anything about what had transpired. But I was clueless so I told him I had no clue what had happened. Well he said this morning; we took your cousin to the polyclinic. Did you go and see him. Well I said, none of you informed me so I don’t know about that. About a half an hour later, he called me and told me, “Bwai it looks like your cousin died and he is in the morgue in Belize.”


Affectionately known as Pitufo, Alex says that the older Noralez retired military personnel who has been living on the island for five years and stayed with his family in the San Mateo area. But he was compulsive drinker and would many times be seen at the Buca Del Rio Park in a drunken state. Alex believes that he was injured at this location.


Alex Jason Noralez

Alex Jason Noralez

“Of course it is a shock because the version of the same guy, I won’t mention his name right now, but his version as that my cousin had eaten or consumed some pepper the night before and that the pepper was bothering him and he couldn’t sleep. And that was his account so I know that he knows more than he’s saying. That he [Plutarco] was coughing all night and did not let them sleep. Anytime he would be drinking, he wouldn’t stay here with the family or anything. He would just pick up and go and sleep on the beach at an abandoned building. There is a place right now at the beach where most of them hang out.”


So who would want to hurt Noralez, who is described as a handyman around the island?


Alex Jason Noralez

“He was a quiet person. He never used to mess with anybody. Whenever he wasn’t drinking he was a hard worker. He’s the one who painted this entire house and I teach and then I have a boat on the side here, so whenever I get some little jobs to pull sand, he would go with me…whenever he is not drinking and he pulls his weight. Like I said, he was a hard worker; he was a quiet person so I am very shock that someone would injure him. What could he do to deserve anything like this?”


Supt. Henry Jemmott

“So far we have canvassed the area and recorded several statements but nothing to indicate that anyone had caused any harm to him. Also from one of the statements, they had stated that the swelling on the neck was a swelling that over time he had and they told him to go check on it at the doctor. So we are still investigating that also.”


His body will be transported to La Ceiba, Honduras for burial. Duane Moody for News Five.

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