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Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:00

Three San Pedro police officers are on remand at the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned for the murder of Edwin Ixpatac, 29. The arrests came after investigators reviewed surveilance footage which contained sufficient evidence for police to file charges against three of their own.

Ixpatac is a resident of the Cayo District who left his home to seek employment opportunities in San Pedro after his daughter was born four years ago. He has been working on the island as a bartender over the last couple years with his most recent post being at the Holiday Hotel.

According to police, on Thursday night, March 3, they received a call from the security guard at Banyan Bay Resort who complained that someone was swimming in the water nearby and behaving disorderly. When the officers arrived, they tried to take him out of the water but he refused. It is not clear what followed but there is enough evidence to suggest that somewhere between the resort and the police station officers delivered a beating to Ixpatac. He was not taken to the San Pedro Poly Clinic until Friday when officers found him unconscious in the cell. Ixpatac died as result of head injuries sustained from a blunt instrument on Monday, March 7.

Officer Commanding the Criminal Investigations Branch, Sup. Hilberto Romero, said “Several statements have been recorded; the video footage has been reviewed; a post mortem has been conducted by Dr. Mario Estradabran and at this point there is sufficient evidence for us to charge three officers for murder. They are Reydel Teck, Romelio Logan and Jahsimir Cob. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bernard Lino, who is in charge of the Profesional Standards Branch said there will be internal charges apart from the criminal charge. “We had placed three officers and their supervisor Sgt. Berry on interdiction, because the sergeant was the person who was in charge of the police station. I have placed disciplinary charges which are prejudice to good order and discipline for the act that they have committed against the now deceased Mr. Ixpatac.”

On Tuesday, March 8, the three police constables were dragged before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith where they were read a single charge each of murder. No plea was taken from them due to the nature of the offense and bail could not be granted. The officers will be remanded to the Belize Central Prison until their next court date set for May 9, 2016.

Ixpatac’s family has scheduled a peaceful demonstration for Thursday, March 10, through the main streets of San Pedro Town and in front of the police station.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2016 11:41