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Jul 13, 2020

Man Dies Inside Cell at Corozal Police Station

Rayford Anderson

The Belize Police Department is also investigating the death by hanging of a man inside the Corozal Police jail cell. Rayford Anderson was taken into custody for a domestic violence report and when an officer went to make checks, Anderson was dead. ACP Joseph Myvett says protocols were followed, but an internal investigation is nevertheless ongoing. 


ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Thursday night, based on a report received, police located and detained Rayford Anderson where he was brought into custody based on a domestic report. And as a result, whilst on lockdown, sometime during the course of the night, after ten p.m., he was found hanging from a cell where he was alone. An internal investigation has been launched into that matter at this point in time, which is still ongoing.”


Joseph Myvett


“Sir in this particular case what does it say for police due care and attention that Mister Anderson was allowed to presumably take his own life in custody?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“What happens is that base on a man’s human dignity, you cannot take away everything from him and allow him to go into a cell nude. So he would have had to have some piece of clothing. So there are certain things that can be prevented and others that cannot be prevented. What was put in place is that all prisoners are either visited or checked on a thirty-minute interval or an hourly interval to check on their condition and that is done at each and every police station across the country. So it is an unfortunate incident which is under investigation.”

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