Crime Headline — 31 August 2012 — by Albert J. Ciego
From a bank to a cell!

Today, Calaney Flowers, 26, a proof teller at Atlantic Bank and resident of #4467 Lavender Street, was brought before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith and charged with the murder of Lyndon Morrison, 29.

Flowers was also charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, and dangerous harm, all offenses against Morrison’s girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa, 24.

Attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley represented Flowers when she appeared in court, but due to the nature of the offenses, no plea was taken from her and she was remanded to prison until her next court date on October 2, 2012.

Lyndon Morrison, 29, of Jasmine Street, a dispatcher at Maya Airways, who was also the father of Flowers’ 11-month-old child, died around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, after his motorcycle was hit by a car whose driver, witnesses say, sped away, leaving Morrison and his girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa, an employee of A&R, who was on the cycle with him, on the pavement injured.

Police said, in a press release dated Wednesday, August 29, 2012, that “Initial investigations revealed that Morrison and Sosa were riding a motorcycle on Freetown Road when they realized they were being followed by Calaney Flowers, 26, a teller of Lavender Street, who was driving her red Saturn car. Flowers is the mother of Morrison’s child. Upon reaching in front of Central Assembly of God Church, Flowers crashed her car into the motorcycle, causing the injuries to both riders.”

The police further indicated that Morrison and Sosa were taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but that Morrison succumbed to his injuries at 12:10 a.m. while undergoing treatment.

Witnesses say that the incident happened when Morrison stopped at the speed bump at the roundabout in front of the church, travelling up Freetown Road towards Barrack Road. After knocking down the motorcycle, which threw Morrison onto the pavement, the driver of the car drove around the roundabout towards Belcan Bridge and disappeared from the scene of the crime.

Sosa was admitted in a critical condition; she suffered head injuries, her leg was broken and she was in great pain. She was flung off the bike and hurled through the air landing some distance from where the bike was slammed.

Morrison suffered severe wounds to the back of the head, and above the left eye, and abrasions to both hands. Those who saw him said that he was bleeding out of his mouth and ears and was having difficulty breathing. He had apparently suffered massive internal injuries. The motorcycle on which the two had been traveling was also extensively damaged.

Amandala was informed that a witness followed the car to Jasmine Street and saw it parked in front of Owen Morrison’s home, where Lyndon also lived. He asked who was the owner of the vehicle and told the neighbors that the car had knocked down a man on Freetown Road. He was told that the woman was in the house and they immediately called police who came and arrested the woman at the Morrisons’ home.

Friends of the family told Amandala that Lyndon’s parents quickly went to the hospital. Lyndon was talking and reportedly told his mother, “Mommy, come out mek the doctors tend to me.”

His father sneaked in, however, and that was when he saw his son taking his last breath.

Sochyl Sosa, who gave a press interview from her hospital bed at the KHMH, said that her body was in pain, and that her right leg was broken. Her head was injured and was in bandages. She told the media that she and her boyfriend, Morrison, were going to Li Chee on Freetown Road to buy food when they stopped at a Chinese shop on Mahogany Street. Flowers approached them and began to say things to her about a ring that he, Morrison, had bought for her.

Morrison replied that there was no ring, and Flowers told him that that day would be the last time he would see his baby, and he had answered that she could not stop him; she (Flowers) reportedly replied, “We will see.”

Sosa said that Flowers’ demeanor was calm, and she was not arguing with Morrison. They mounted the motor bike and rode towards Li Chee, but she noticed that Flowers was driving behind them in her car, and she became fearful and told Morrison that Flowers was going to kill them.

According to Sosa, Morrison had replied, “don’t worry about her,” and that was when they arrived at the speed bump on Freetown Road, and stopped. There, Flowers crashed into them, she said.

Sosa said that she had been harassed many times by Flowers, who had called her a b_ t__ h and other derogatory terms. According to Sosa, she became friends with Morrison 2 years ago, but they became a formal couple about five months ago when he introduced her to his mother after his relationship with Flowers ended.

His friends said that Morrison was with them on Jasmine Street that night when around 10:00 he went to pick up Sosa from her house to buy food just before the incident occurred.

They said that Morrison and his ex-girlfriend, Flowers, were constantly in conflict. She had initially gone into his house and destroyed his clothes and other possessions, and also, around July 24, in front of his friends, she had driven over his motorcycle. She had also taken out a knife and stabbed and slashed the bike, after which she had gotten an axe which she had intended to use to hack the bike to pieces, but he had physically restrained her from doing so. He had then made a formal report to the police.

Police told Amandala that Morrison arrived at the Domestic Violence Unit around 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, and made a formal report against his ex-girlfriend, Calaney Flowers, and had requested court action against her for damaging his motorbike. However, after giving the statement, as he was leaving, said police, he said he no longer wanted court action, and gave a further statement confirming this.

Friends and neighbours said that Morrison provided full support for the child he and Flowers had together, and that he often visited her to ensure that the child was being properly looked after.

Friends said that Morrison was humble and friendly, and not violent, and that he loved motorcycles.

Lyndon Morrison is survived by his mother, Joy Grant; father, Owen Morrison, a well-known educator and a former principal of Belize Technical College (now closed); two brothers; many cousins; relatives, and friends.

Morrison is the second person to be killed since May by an insanely jealous female lover. Around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, Marsha Reid, 35, of Racoon Street Extension, allegedly went into the home of her ex-boyfriend, Belize Defence Force Corporal Donovan Castillo, of Teachers Street in Dangriga, who had dumped her and allegedly stabbed and slashed him with a knife while he was sleeping in his mother’s house. She has since been arrested and charged with murder in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court. Reports are that she became outraged when he no longer was interested in her and had begun an affair with another person.

Sochyl Sosa, who will undergo surgical procedures at the KHMH to repair her badly broken leg, has been in an accident before, which ended in tragedy. In March of last year, Sosa was a passenger in a car along with her then boyfriend, with whom she had been living for about 5 years. The car flipped, causing the death of her boyfriend. She had suffered head and body injuries.

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