Taximan Albert Cattouse’s killing a mystery Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

Family members and friends of 72-year-old Albert Cattouse continue to make funeral arrangements for him after he was killed in what appears to be a random act of violence in Belize City.

The incident happened on Thursday, October 12, at around 7:30 p.m. That’s when police found his taxi, a grey Lincoln Town Car, in a drain on Hicatee Street. Inside it, they found him in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Police say that from their investigation so far, Cattouse was driving his vehicle from the direction of West Collet Canal, toward Dolphin Street. Shortly after he passed Bocotora Street, nearby persons and residents heard the sound of gunshots. It is believed at this time that he picked up the person who shot him to the back of the head.

His niece, Bernadette Cattouse, shared with the press what she was able to piece together about his actions a short while before he was killed. One of his neighbours in Lords Bank Village reported that he left his house at around 6:30 p.m. The family believe that someone called him on his cellular phone to offer him a job, a false pretense to draw him out.

Bernadette Cattouse also said, “He was having problems with his kidney and different things, so, he’s at home sick. So, I think he got a phone call that lured him to his death. He did not get robbed. They had everything, his car keys, his money in his wallet, his phone, everything.”

Cattouse lived a quiet life without a wife or children; he is said to have been a family man who treated his nieces and nephews like they were his children.

His friends from among the activists in Belize City were very respectful to him as an elder with a long history of standing up for what he believed in. It is said that he has been fighting for the principles of social justice for over 50 years.

He was a featured member of COLA, which is distinctly anti-government. The main personalities within COLA have the very farfetched and implausible belief that Cattouse was the victim of some sort of political assassination, by fanatics, meant to send a message against all the anti-government activists. Grief is painful, and people lash out in anger and frustration, and so it is best to give them a pass, since they lost a loved one. However, Hon. Elodio Aragon, the Minister of State responsible for Police, has already commented publicly to make it clear that COLA is sorely mistaken in their suspicions.

Aragon said, “That is an outrageous allegation and I want you all to know from the police side of things we are looking at it. We have certain information in regards to what transpired out there, but that investigation is still ongoing and it had nothing to do with who Mr. Albert Cattouse is.”

Cattouse may have been killed in a random act of violence, which is senseless, and hard to explain, but which happens regularly within society. Police will determine the true motive through their investigation.