Headline — 30 June 2015 — by Rowland A. Parks
Two charged for murder  of Hattieville taxi operator

BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 29, 2015–Two Belize City men were arraigned on a charge of murder this afternoon in connection with the shooting death of Hattieville taxi operator Patrick Spencer Tillett, 39.

Charles Middleton and Cesario Chuko did not have to enter a plea after Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith read the murder charge to them.

Smith asked the two accused men if they understood the charge, before she asked the court’s prosecutor for an adjournment date.

The court prosecutor set September 25 as the adjournment date, and the Chief Magistrate remanded Middleton and Chuko to the Belize Central Prison until that date, when they will be brought back to court.

Police charged Middleton and Chuko with the June 24 murder of Patrick Spencer Tillett, who was shot multiple times on Cairo Street.

“Nally,” as the popular cab operator was known to his friends, was sitting in front of a house on Cairo Street when he was targeted.

Tillett sustained gunshot wounds to his head, chest, left upper arm and left armpit when a gunman came through an alley which connects Cairo Street with Far West Street, and ambushed him.

Tillett was found lying on top of his car, and police confirmed that he died on the scene.

Head of CIB, Superintendent of Police Hilberto Romero, told reporters that Tillett was not known to police, which means that he has no criminal record.

Police have not been able to establish a motive for the shooting of the father of two children, who only minutes before his death was socializing with some of his friends in another location.

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