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Murder in Riviera

BELMOPAN, Thurs. June 2, 2016–A taxicab driver of the Riviera area of Belmopan, Leonel Gillett, 45, was found dead in his yard yesterday, having been shot shot multiple times. His body was already in a state of decomposition.

An onsite post-mortem examination was conducted on Gillett’s body, and the results certified that his death was caused by gunshot wounds. Gillett was then buried.

Police reported that at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon, they went to an area in west Belmopan and found the body of a Creole man that was partially nude. He was wearing grey underwear and was lying face-up in pools of dried blood on the steps of a mobile home. He had been shot in the abdomen, the left side of the back and in the left side of the head. The body was later identified as that of Leonel Theodore Gillett, 45, a taxi driver of west Belmopan.

An initial investigation revealed that at about 9:00 Tuesday night, May 31, Gillett left his mother’s house on Stann Creek Street en route to his house.

However, yesterday, Wednesday, he did not show up at his mother’s house in the morning, which he usually does. The family became concerned and tried to contact him on his cellphone, but it was fruitless.

At about 1:25 p.m. yesterday, relatives went to look for him at his residence, and that was when they found him dead.

Scenes of crime officers found (3) 9mm expended shells on the scene. Due to the fact that the body was decomposing, an onsite post-mortem examination was conducted by Dr. Loyden Ken.

Police reported that Gillett’s house had been ransacked and some items had been stolen. Police strongly believed that the motive for the murder was robbery.

So far, no one has been arrested or any suspects detained in connection with the murder.

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