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Jul 17, 2019

Ghanaian Cabbie Emmanuel Ampomah is Murdered by his Fare

Emmanuel Ampomah

One of the murders in Tuesday night’s madness that is baffling police involves Ghanaian Emmanuel Ampomah.  The fifty-two-year-old cabbie was fatally stabbed inside his taxi by his fare after eight o’clock. He lost consciousness and crashed on Seashore Drive dying instantly.  Ampomah has no family in Belize; he is well known in this area of the city because he serviced the K.H.M.H. at nights. Described as friendly and a sports aficionado, the motive for his murder, is unknown. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

It’s been a while since we’ve reported on the murder of cab drivers, but on Tuesday night, popular Ghanaian taxi driver, Emmanuel Ampomah, who is usually stationed across from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in his silver in colour Toyota four-runner SUV, was murdered by his fare. The fifty-two-year-old picked up two men and was driving in the Buttonwood Bay area of the city, heading towards Seashore Drive when surveillance footage picks up his passengers exiting the vehicle. Seconds later, the vehicle crashed into the drain near the fence to the Feinstein Group property. Ampomah had been fatally stabbed inside his taxi by his fare; a eight-inch knife was retrieved from the driver’s seat.

 

Alejandro Cowo

Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“Just after eight p.m., police visited Seashore Drive where upon arrival they observed a vehicle and under the vehicle, a male person was seen lying motionless. The male person was pulled out of the vehicle and upon police inspection of the body; they observed that he had several apparent stab wounds to the body. What police gathered so far is that the driver of the vehicle, Mister Emmanuel, was driving on Seashore Drive along with two male persons inside of the vehicle when the stab wounds were inflicted to him. He was transported to the hospital and he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.”

 

Also recovered from inside the vehicle was a Jansport snapback containing a Saint Ignatius High School Adult Education Third Form ID belonging to a twenty-one-year-old. Several persons within the area were interviewed and surveillance footage retrieved.

The news of Ampomah’s demise has shocked many of his clients with whom the deceased became friends with.

 

Isani Cayetano

Isani Cayetano, Personal Friend of Deceased

“I found out about Emmanuel’s death this morning. It just so happen that I went to bed early last night and I never really followed what was happening either on social media or otherwise. It was until this morning when I woke up that I received word of Emmanuel’s demise. The irony and why this hurts on a personal level is because not only was Emmanuel a trusted cab driver who was one of my go to guys in terms of picking me up and dropping me off wherever I’ve needed to go, but over the years, we’ve developed a very strong friendship. Very recently, I had been asking him repeatedly about the safety measures that he was taking in terms of operating his service because Emmanuel Ampomah is someone who–I always called him nocturnal—doesn’t work during the day, but you can catch him anytime after six in the evening, until the early hours of the morning. And I know for a fact that not only did he service the employees from the K.H.M.H. who worked the late shift, he also serviced the employees from the Princess Hotel and Casino who were going on to the late shift.”

 

Investigators are uncertain about the motive behind the murder.

 

Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“We are trying to ascertain if robbery is a possible motive as we cannot tell you exactly if all his belongings were with him as we are trying to make contact with the family members to ensure if anything is missing from him at this moment.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Has the department identified the suspects?”

 

Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“No, not at this time.”

 

Ampomah had no relatives living in Belize; in fact, according to Isani Cayetano, he never spoke of having a wife or children in Belize. He resided on Chetumal Street and had an interest in politics and sports.

 

Isani Cayetano

“I met Emmanuel Ampomah on May seventeenth, 2011 and it was a story that I was doing on the construction of the Chetumal Street Bridge and he was one of the residents that were living on the north end of the Haulover Creek. And I recall him sharing his concerns about persons from the south side of Belize City using that artery to come over on this side to commit crime and violence. And while I met him in a professional capacity, I learnt shortly thereafter that he was a cab driver stationed right by the K.H.M.H.  And so the convenience of having him a stone’s throw away from where we work, whenever I needed a drop home if I was at work late or if I needed to go anywhere, he was always the guy that was available, willing and he never charged an arm or a leg. And what I can tell you about Emmanuel Ampomah is that he was a very friendly guy, very talkative if you get to know him. And so whenever I got in his cab, it was always either about politics—he was very much interested in Belizean politics—and he was always up to date with current events happening in the news and what have you. Sports was also his thing. Last night when you picked me up, Duane, I was walking towards him right cause he is my personal taxi driver. I was leaving work, walking towards his direction. I didn’t call him because it was close by and I said I’d just walk and catch him. Had it been a situation where I had a conversation with him going home, perhaps at least I would have rest comforted knowing that we were able to speak as friends based on what was happening and everything cause I am almost certain Emmanuel would have asked me about everything that happened yesterday—from the drug bust to the shootings and stabbings. He would have known and so he would have asked me what was going on in Belize.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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