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Sep 16, 2019

Police Considers Extending Curfew Across the Country Following String of Teen Murders

Christopher Chi

Today, police say there is still no solid lead that explains why thirteen-year-old Christopher Chi was killed, but investigators have reason to believe it may be drug related. So far, they have charged a sixteen-year- old minor for the crime. Chi, a resident of Yo Creek Village in the Orange Walk District, had vanished on September fifth; five days later his body was found tucked in a culvert on a sugar road. At today’s press briefing, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said that there is an increasing number of children involved or implicated in crime, particularly drugs, a situation he believes is due to poor parent supervision.  As a result, the top cop says they are considering extending the curfew across the country.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“When a life is lost it is of concern to all and yes as the police we have the responsibility of ensuring that yes we investigate with a view to find the perpetrators of these crimes. But it goes back to what I have always been harping on, the issue of children who are not being treated as children. We have too many young people roaming our streets, day and night committing crime and it is time that parenting is looked at more seriously. Parents need to find a way to know more (about) what their child is doing, who their child is with and if it is that the child is a child of school age that the child is in school. I know Mr. Myvett has said they have not ascertained a motive for Orange Walk but we believe that has some drug implication. Again, we have a number of young persons who are peddling drugs and they are doing it for the older folks, again due to poor parenting supervision. Sometimes maybe parents allow it because they benefit from the income but they must understand that the negative effect of what the child is doing surely outweighs the beneficial effect. So, it is something they need to look seriously at. From a police stand point, we continue to enforce the curfew law in Belize City and we want to advocate that the law be extended to cover the entire country that we will be able to hold parents, not only in Belize City but across the country accountable for what their child or children are doing. So, it is something we need to look at.”


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