Chinese man murdered in Teakettle Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00

A Chinese bar operator was murdered in the early hours of this past Saturday in Teakettle Village, in the Cayo District. Zhijiang Zhang was found motionless in his 69 Bar located on the George Price Highway, with some seven chop wounds on his body. Police now believe that the 52 year old was a victim of robbery. A waitress working at the bar, Jacqueline Aquino, was also injured, shot on the leg whilst coming to the aid of Zhang.

By daylight on Saturday CIB personnel were at the murder scene amidst blood splatters in a mini bedroom directly behind the bar. The remains were testimony to the painful ordeals on a private property.
A masked robber, armed with a gun, had entered the establishment, just before closing, demanding that he wanted money. But the weapon was deactivated when the clip fell out after a struggle with Zhijuang Zhang. However; the criminal then took out a small machete and inflicted wounds to the back and anterior of the head and neck areas of Zhang. The lone gunman then fled the scene in an awaiting vehicle.

The 69 Bar had only recently moved from Cotton Tree and would operate into the night hours. Neighbors say that the bar would be frequented by men seeking female companionship. Those 12 female workers have been released by police after some questioning.

Jacqueline Aquino was released from the KHMH in Belize City on Monday.

Inspector Octaviano Victorin, Officer in Charge of the Roaring Creek Police Substation and who is part of the investigating team for the murder in Teakettle has told the Guardian that it is still not known whether the knife found by the bar in Teakettle on Monday was the murder weapon. That knife had a red substance on it when it was discovered and investigators are now trying to match it with blood found either from the body or at the scene.