Headline — 07 December 2016 — by Albert J. Ciego
Sleeping farmer’s throat slashed at bus stop

SAN ROMAN, Stann Creek District, Mon. Dec. 5, 2016–Gabino Choc, 30, a farmer of Santa Rosa, Stann Creek District, and the father of two children, had his throat slashed while he was sleeping at the bus stop in San Roman, the neighboring village, at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

A second man who was also sleeping under the shed at the time told police that he was awakened by the commotion and saw their fellow villager, known to them as “Mencho,” cut Choc’s throat with a machete.

Mencho then also chopped the other villager on his arm and leg, and then ran away.

Police, when they arrived at the scene, found Choc lying under the bus stop, with a large cut wound to his throat. He was already dead.

The other villager was also taken to the hospital, where he was treated for his wounds.

Police are now seeking “Mencho.”

Independence police said that earlier on Saturday night, Choc and others were drinking at a bar in San Roman, including Mencho, and then he and Choc got involved in an argument afterwards. At about 2:00 Sunday morning, Choc and his fellow villager went to the bus stop, where they both fell asleep. Shortly after, they were attacked.

ASP Raymundo Reyes, Commander of Independence Police, said that alcohol is the main factor in the chopping and murder, since the men were all drinking. He said that there was no rivalry between them and they know each other. He believed that in this case, the suspect simply drank too much and the result was the chopping and murder.

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