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Nov 20, 2019

Escapee is Alive; Police Actions into Officers Move Forward

Chester Williams

Police also gave an update on another case in Dangriga involving a gruesome murder.  In early August, we reported about missing man Derrick Ramirez whose body had washed up in Dangriga.  Ramirez’s body was found decapitated after he was missing for over a week at Cross Caye when his boat was attacked. Back then, we told you that one of the persons who was being questioned in connection with the murder had escaped police custody after two officers didn’t follow procedures. That person, Oscar Williams Junior, as we had reported is believed to be alive.  Today, Commissioner Chester Williams reiterates this to say that Williams Junior is believed to be in a neighbouring country.  You’ll also recall that a corporal was place on interdiction and an inspector, who was put on administrative leave, were to be held accountable for not following procedures when Williams Junior got away from their custody.  The two officers decided to remove Williams Junior from detention and take him to the spot where Ramirez went missing.  Officers on the island heard screams and later the two officers returned to the police station, explaining that a handcuffed Williams managed to escape.  Today Commissioner Williams gave an update on the status of the two officers.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“The matter in respect of the police officers, it was two officers, one of them – the tribunal has commenced. It is part heard at this time. The other one, because he is a senior officer, it has to go to the services commission. We have initiated the action where that was concerned. But I have to point out that the individual who had escaped and we may have feared the worse, he has since emerged and we know he is alive. From the information we have is that he may be somewhere in Honduras eluding the police. So, one will expect that if the officers are to be found guilty in the tribunal, that the outcome would not be as severe if the individual who had escaped had not resurfaced.”

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