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Sep 14, 2017

Who Killed Dean Bennett in Cayo?

Dean Bennett

The body of a John Doe retrieved from the Macal River on Tuesday has now been identified as twenty-year-old Dean Bennett.  Bennett was last seen alive on Sunday night in the area of Hode’s in San Ignacio. His mother was watching the news on this station on Wednesday night when she heard the police list identification marks that she knew were on her son. Dean was Salustiana Jimenez’s second son to go missing; the first has not been seen since March. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Daniel Iche

ASP Daniel Iche, Acting O.C., San Ignacio Police Formation [File: September 13th, 2017]

“The body has a tattooed rosary coming down his chest with a cross at the middle. It has the name Dian with thirteen stars around it on the left upper shoulder; the name Emmanuel on the left inner wrist and a curved scar on the left foot.”


Duane Moody, Reporting

Tattoos of rosary and names “Dian” and “Emmanuel” as well as a scar near his ankle – it was those details of John Doe issued by the San Ignacio Police on Wednesday that alerted Salustiana Jimenez that the unidentified man was in fact her middle son, Dean Bennett, who had been murdered, stabbed multiple times to his chest and hand and cut to his back and face before his body was dumped in the Macal River.  The family is, however, perplexed about how the police would not know Dean’s identity when he has had numerous run-ins with the law for various crimes.


Salustiana Jimenez

Salustiana Jimenez, Mother of Murder Victim

“I neva know dah mi he; dah the people tell me that dehn find body dah the Macal River; I neva know dah mi he until last night when my sister call me and say dah tattoos. I meet the patrol on the street and dehn pick me up and dehn bring me and they show me some pictures, but dehn say make I come today. And I come this morning and the picture weh we got match weh dehn have so dah my son body weh dehn find and they done bury ahn. I done know why dehn kill ahn.”


Salustiana Jimenez last saw her son alive on Saturday morning, when he left their house to travel to Belize City to watch the Carnival Road March. Aside from the pictures that were shown to her by the police to confirm his identity, all she knows is that his body was placed in a bag and buried inside the Santa Elena Cemetery.


Salustiana Jimenez

“I neva know my son missing. All I know I see my son last Saturday. I give him money and ih gone dah Belize fi carnival come back…deh dah Blue Angels the night. People say dehn see ahn Sunday out. The police dehn tell me that he get killed Sunday night but dehn noh know weh time.”


It is all too overwhelming for the family because back in March of this year, we spoke to Jimenez about the disappearance of her youngest son. September eleventh makes it six months since eighteen-year-old Daniel Bennett went missing without a trace.


Sylvester Maldonado

Sylvester Maldonado, Stepfather of Murder Victim

“Monday…six months he got missing, Daniel Bennett. So now this is the other bigger one that they found decomposed at the river bank.”


Salustiana Jimenez

“Police noh give we nothing, noh tell we nothing. Police noh even do wah serve fi find him. Dehn noh even put a picture on the police door that says that he is missing. Nothing dehn do to find my son because they always say the Bennetts are the bad ones dah Cayo. So I hope now that two ah dehn gone, dehn stop got burglaries, dehn stop thief and this and that stop happen without them.”


Daniel Bennett

Duane Moody

“So you feel that Daniel has also been killed?”


Salustiana Jimenez



Sylvester Maldonado

“Well it is six months already. Within six months it is a loss already.”


Duane Moody

“He would have at least contacted…”


Sylvester Maldonado

“…contact us. Normally he contact us before he go and he would call and say that I done reach already. He would say mom I done reach; stepfather I done reach at the spot. But nothing yet and it is six months already.”


But did Dean foretell his murder? In an interview just outside the police station today, his mother confessed that her son had a lot of enemies; one who he said was recently released from prison.


Salustiana Jimenez

“Like a week ago, he mi come home and tell me the bwai done come outta jail and the other one weh deh out yah…dehn di set it up; they want my head, ma. So any minute I gwen too. So I tek and I tell ahn, so why yon oh go and make a report; he say dehn police yah dah Cayo noh pay he mind and they call him crack head. And I know he dah noh that; dah my son. But di one weh take away his life like that wah pay because up deh God noh di sleep.”


Sylvester Maldonado

“We want justice and only God knows who do it but upstairs never sleeps; we just want justice.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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