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Mar 14, 2011

Flowers Bank resident drowns

Wilton Robinson

We’ve told you about the murder in the city and traffic accident in Ladyville; heading to Flowers Bank, Wilton Robinson, aka Premier, did not return home after a cricket outing in his village on Saturday. Search parties were deployed but came up empty handed; that is until this morning when his body was retrieved from the Belize River and according to aggrieved family members the police were too slow in pulling him out of the water. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The entire village of Flowers Bank is saddened by the death of a well known resident, sixty-two year old Wilton Robinson. He disappeared on Saturday night and at around seven-thirty this morning his body was found floating in the river.

Sharon Robinson, Sister-In-Law

Sharon Robinson

“There was a cricket game in Flowers Bank all day and he was drinking and after nightfall I went home. And yesterday morning when I look one of his niece’s husband came and say he’s missing. His dad found his paddle and dory floating down the river.  It was his cousins little boys that saw him at the surface of the water and then he called his dad and seh si premier deh cause dehn does call him premier. Dehn seh si Premier deh and right away I call my husband and he call di police and di police come.”

It is believed that an intoxicated Robinson fell out of his canoe and drowned as he crossed the river to go home.

Sharon Robinson

“It did happen when he was heading home because his dory was parked right over there by the riverside and it was when he was coming out of the dory he fell into the river.”

Delahnie Bain

“So he made it across but…”

Sharon Robinson

“Yes, he did make it across.”

Delahnie Bain

“And he couldn’t swim?”

Sharon Robinson

“Not to my knowledge.”

And while his death is an open and shut case, the villagers were up in arms today because Robinson was left to float in the sun for hours before police moved the body. His sister-in-law, Sharon Robinson, feels that his family has been deprived of a proper memorial service.

Sharon Robinson

“It was di negligence of the police dat caused di body to be in di condition dat he’s in. because from about seven-thirty this morning they found di body. We call him and like eight o’clock he was here and he said we can’t move the body. Why you wah can’t move di body? Ih noh living. He seh di doctor have to come pronounce di man dead. Ih dead because ih deh eena di wata from Saturday night. So why ih noh wah dead? Why doctor have to come pronounce ah dead? Now weh ih wah get? Dah like dah wah animal weh dehn just di do weh got fi do and bury ah. because ih could ah mi get wah nice coffin, ih could ah mi gone dah di church and get a nice burial. Lot ah ih family members noh even wah deh yah fi di funeral.”

After the post-mortem, Robinson’s body was returned to Flowers Bank for burial. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

Family members say that sixty-two year old Robinson paddled across the river without incident on a daily basis, even when the water level rose. In the end, similar to Sunday morning’s accident, alcohol was the common factor in both deaths.

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3 Responses for “Flowers Bank resident drowns”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    There’s not much to say except RIP & while I understand the family’s frustration, I don’t believe that the Police did anything wrong. The family’s anger is misguided. From all indications the officer followed standard procedure. The blame lies with a man who could not swim, who chose to get drunk & get in a canoe to go home, No one else.


    The man was at a party, drinking all day long yet his sister/family left him alone knowing darn well he was under the influence of alcohol and that he would have to paddle a boat home alone in the late hours of the night, so don’t about negligent to me, ok.

    Procedures are procedures and there should be no exceptions. Did the police checked the man polls, did you the sister checked your brother polls to see if he was dead, and how did you know for sure he drowned? Since no one did that procedure, the doctor had to come pronounce the man dead. (Hope Mario had time or was in the country.

  3. Disgusted! says:

    The Police are the ones trained in procedures at a crime scene so the family shouldn’t be blamed for their negligence. These useless B@$TARDS just stood by and let the villagers do their job of retrieving the corpse. No wonder they can’t process and collect key evidence from crime scenes in order to secure convictions. WHAT A BUNCH OF !#%&ING INCOMPETENT, NEANDERTHALS!!!!!!!!!

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