Coroner’s Inquest Closes Case in Incident Which Caused Death of 80-Year-Old Peter Trujeque Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

When there is an unnatural death in any case a coroner’s inquest is held to determine whether or not someone is to be held responsible for that death.

One such cold case came up before Magistrate Herbert Panton last week. 80-year-old Peter Trujeque, also known as Mr. Sosa of #14 Rectory Lane in Belize City, met his untimely death after falling from his bicycle and hitting his head on the pavement of Albert Street on Friday, December  16, 2011. According to reports, Trujeque was heading home on his bicycle when two male persons were double riding another bicycle and accidentally bumped his bicycle handle. It caused Trujeque to fall to the ground and hit his head. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he later died on December 21, 2011 from injuries he sustained. According to Doctor Hugh Sanchez who did the Post Mortem Examination, Trujeque died from severe brain injury as a consequence of a fracture skull.

A jury of five members heard a number of statements (ten) read before the court. Those included the report by Dr. Hugh Sanchez, a report from the investigating officer, Sgt. Alejandro Cowo and statements by other officers and witnesses at the scene. There was also a letter from the DPP advising the police to close the case for a number of reasons; including, the fact that no one had ever identified who the two persons were riding the bicycle that bumped into Trujeque.

The jury concluded that no one is to be held responsible for Trujeque’s death.