Headline — 23 April 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego
Altercation in Libertad leads to murder

Sisto Victor Osorio, 48, of Libertad Village, was killed while walking on the main road in Libertad by a man who approached him from behind and “lashed” him on the head with a solid piece of wood at about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20.

Osorio fell forward and died almost immediately.

On Saturday, Marciano Correa, accompanied by his attorney, Lionel Welch, surrendered himself to Police. He was then arrested and charged with murder.

Correa was taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court today, Monday, where he was arraigned on the charge of murder. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July 30, when he is to be returned to court.

Witnesses told police that the men were socializing in Libertad when they became involved in an altercation. Osorio was walking away when Correa allegedly picked up a stick, ran behind him and hit him on the head.

One of the witnesses told police that Correa went to him and told him that he had just lashed Osorio in his head. Correa said he believed that he was dead, and requested that the witness go for Osorio and take him to the Corozal Town Hospital.

The witness told police that he had not believed Correa, and told him that he could not move his vehicle. Shortly after he was told that Osorio was dead.

A friend of Osorio, a taxi driver, reported that he was driving his car in Libertad when he saw a man lying near the roadside that resembled his friend Osorio. He stopped and got out of his car, and confirmed that the man lying face-down on the pavement was indeed his friend.

The taxi driver reportedly checked for a heartbeat and pulse, but there was none. He called the police, who came shortly after, processed the scene and took Osorio to the Corozal Hospital.

Osorio was a mechanic by profession.

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