General — 01 September 2004 — by Rowland A. Parks


Bent was employed as a caretaker/watchman of the property where his decomposing remains were found. The property is said to be owned by George Herbert, a Belizean who U.S. law enforcement agents, with the help of their Belizean counterparts, illegally extracted, (according to a Belize Supreme Court ruling) from Belize to stand trial in the U.S. on drug related charges.


According to Alicia Bent, 33, William Bent?s youngest daughter, she was informed about the discovery of her father?s body through a friend, Barry White, who had gone to a nearby car wash to get his car washed.


White told Amandala that it was the smell coming from the property, which has a high cement fence all around and a massive iron gate, that led to the discovery of Bent?s body.


On the scene, Amandala learned that it required seven men to break down the gate, releasing two Pitbull guard dogs onto the street.


Alicia Bent told the newspaper that when she went in to identify her father?s body, apart from its badly decomposed state, she did not observe any marks that would have suggested that foul play was involved.


She described her father as an outgoing man who did not have any enemies that she knew about. Asked if she knew if her father was suffering from any illness that could have led to his sudden demise, Bent said that last month when she visited him, he complained about a pain in his abdomen.


Because of the advanced state of decomposition of the body, Roy Bent will be buried tonight after an on-the-spot post-mortem is done to discover the cause of his death.


Information reaching the newspaper indicates that Bent will be the sixth decomposed body to be buried today. The five other decomposed bodies were attributed to the problems that Karl Heusner Memorial is having with its morgue, which failed completely last Sunday, causing authorities at the hospital to resort to its ? backup system,? which apparently could not slow the bodies? decomposition.


William ?Roy? Bent was the father of five children.

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