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Jamaican National executed in Dangriga Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018 just before 11:00 a.m., police visited the Southern Regional Hospital where they saw the lifeless body of a man. While children were at play in their school yard at Gulisi Primary School in Dangriga, they and their teachers were witnesses of an incident that would claim the life of a Jamaican national.

That man, 55-year-old Patrick Crossdale, was reportedly riding his motorcycle when a gunman, positioned in some bushes near the school, surfaced and unleashed a barraged of bullets on the victim. Crossdale was en route to his house when he was hit to the back and thigh. Despite being placed in a taxi and transported to the Southern Regional Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the execution of Crossdale is in retaliation for the death of Humphrey Mitchell, another Jamaican national. Courtney Jackson, friend of Crossdale, says that there is a feud within the Jamaican community in southern Belize which goes back to the story of Mitchell. In February 2018, Mitchell was in the pan of a police pickup when he jumped out, possibly attempting to flee. Unfortunately, he met his death and since then, according to Jackson, threats have been made on his and Crossdale’s lives.

Those threats were allegedly being made by persons believing that the two men had a hand in the death of Mitchell after Jackson refused to drop a case against Mitchell. According to Jackson, Mitchell offered to pay him out of court for him to drop the case but he said that he would prefer to have the case dealt with in court.