Marcial Toledo charged for murder of police officer, Marvin Locke Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

On Monday, March 27, 2017, Honduran national Marcial Toledo was brought before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. He was charged with the Sunday, March 26, 2017 stabbing murder of Nervin Locke, a police officer. The incident occurred at the Raccoon Street Police Station, where Locke was working. Toledo was unrepresented in the court and refused to give a plea or his version of events.

Police at the Racoon street police station were taken by surprise on Sunday at around 3 when in their very presence one of their own was stabbed. Police constable Nervin Locke was rushed to the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital where he was treated for stab injuries to the abdomen and chest. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Police report that Locke had just returned to the Raccoon Street police station completing his shift. Once there, Toledo, who had come looking for him from earlier on waited until he came off a patrol. Inside the station the two men had a casual conversation and as the two exited the station Toledo turned Locke around and stabbed him several times. Officers at the station had to pick up a cement block with which they hit Toledo to the head to stop the attack.

In court, Toledo was asked several questions to which he refused to respond. Given his lack of knowledge of the English language, he was given an interpreter. He still refused to cooperate. No plea was taken and given the nature of the offence, he was not granted bail. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until June 16, 2017.