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Toldeo man charged for murder of Bangladeshi national Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:00

A 23-year-old construction worker from Jordan Village, Toledo was arraigned on Monday, July 17, 2017 for the murder of Bangladeshi national, 29-year-old Abdush Salam. Salam was a businessman who was murdered in his Belize City home on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The man, Juan Roberto Choc, was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to be read a single charge of murder.

Salam was found undressed inside a bedroom lying face down with his hands tied to his back with a black belt. He was found initially by neighbors then by CIB personnel who made checks at his address on Orange Street. Initial police investigations revealed that Salam left his shop in the Novelo’s Bus Terminal in route to home and that was the last time he was seen alive.

Salam’s body was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A post mortem examination was conducted by Dr. Mario Estradabran who concluded that Salam’s homicidal death was caused as a result of manual strangulation. It was mentioned that the deceased had  recent sexual intercourse and as a result, swabs were taken for DNA purpose.

In court, Choc, who was unrepresented, was only read the charge and asked if he understood it. No plea was taken from him due to the nature of the offense, Choc was denied bail and remanded into custody until September 19, 2017. Choc was arrested in July 14, 2017 in Jordan Village. While in detention, a buccal swab was obtained and he was fingerprinted. A caution statement was recorded from Choc and police were instructed by the Office of the DPP to charge Choc for the offense of murder.