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Belize City Man Gunned Down…
Jul 29, 2014

Winston Whylie

There has been no end to the senseless violence which continues to plague Belize City despite attempts by the Police Department to maintain law and order. Following the wake of a bloody weekend in which three women were shot and one man gunned down, there is another murder to report. It happened late Monday night on Victoria Street. There were no official details available until late this evening, but News Five has confirmed that fifty-four year old Winston Whylie was shot down as he left his hang out spot on Lovely Lane, en route to his home at Police Street Extension. Mike Rudon went looking for answers this afternoon and has the story.

Mike Rudon, Reporting

Winston Whylie was known to hang out on Lovely Lane just off Victoria Street every day, fixing bikes and assorted appliances. But last night at exactly eleven thirty as he was riding his bike past Fabro’s Glass Shop, heading home, he was shot, allegedly by one gunman who rode from the direction of New Road. Residents told us they heard only one shot. His sister got the news late and headed to the KHMH, but Whylie was already dead from what she says looked like two shots to the abdomen.

Wilma Thompson Whylie, Sister of Deceased

Wilma Thompson Whylie

“I noh know anything much so far, other than the Police come by with Sharette…you know, and then we went to the hospital and when we went there he already died…done dead, done wrap, you know. They said two shots in the abdomen and I see wah lee patch on the shoulder. I don’t know if he got anything there…bleeding slightly through the nose and the mouth. I guess that da mussy from the fall or the internal bleeding.”

Whylie would work from home on Police Street Extension every day, but in the evening he would head to Lovely Lane to earn a little extra money. He left home on Monday after a meal with his sister. She had no idea it would be their last together.

Wilma Thompson Whylie

“Although anybody could come deh with wah lee one cents, two cents…he wah still tek it. Maybe he grumble lee bit but e still fix it. He fix fan, e fix TV, radio…yesterday when I come by he was fixing a TV in the hall…and my mom seh yu know Junior noh eat pigtail and I’m cooking pigtail…soh I had to run home and cook wah lee fish and I neva know that would be the last meal I cook fu mi bredda.”

So why did somebody target this man who was allegedly no trouble to anyone? Well, that’s anybody’s guess at this time. Police haven’t issued any official reports and nobody in the area of Lovely Lane is talking. Today his sister was waiting for a promised visit from Police, hoping they would provide some answers to the family which has seen its share of tragedy. Wilma’s other brother, Norman, was executed on Banak Street just two months ago.

 

Wilma Thompson Whylie

“Maybe e see something out there that e shouldn’t see…you know, because that da wah nother possibility, yu know…da just rumours. I just hope that…you know I just lost a brother two months ago, yu know…the taxi driver Norman was my brother, and my two grandchildren mi get knock down lee earlier…so I just wish that some kinda justice or something could come out of it weh I could get. Cause e really rough. He sacrifice a lot fu dis family, and he and my ma mi live together, so I know dat she wah miss a wah lot, cause they both live in the same house. No matter how dey separate inna the next two minutes they deh right back…he deh crawl back home. Nothing like home fu he.”

Whylie lived with his mother. He had no children of his own. Reporting for News Five, I am Mike Rudon.

Police Seek One Person of Interest…
Jul 29, 2014

Late this evening, Officer Commanding Precinct Three told News Five that Police have been conducting an intense investigation since Monday night, and are following a number of leads which could assist in the identification of Whylie’s killer.

 

Suzette Anderson, Officer Commanding Precinct Three

“As a result of that the CIB personnel attached to Precinct Three proceeded to that area where they saw a slim built male person of Creole descent who was lying face up on a bicycle with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the lower part of the abdomen. BERT personnel who had responded to the area as well transported the person to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. That person was later identified as one Winston Whylie, a fifty-four year old Belizean of a Police Street Belize City address, and the initial investigations have revealed so far that Winston Whylie was riding his bicycle on Victoria Street when he was approached by a lone gunman on a bicycle as well who fired the shot towards his direction causing the said injury. Mr. Winston Whylie was being treated at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at around one fifteen am on the twenty-ninth of July 2014. His body now lies at the KHMH morgue awaiting a post-mortem. The Police has done a considerable number of things during the course of this investigation. The scene was processed. No expended shells were retrieved from the scene. The area was canvassed…a number of persons were spoken to. There is certain information that was retrieved as a result of the canvassing and at this time we have a person of interest that we are looking for who we believe can assist us during the course of this investigation.”

Reporter

“Have you all been able to come up with a motive because the persons we spoke to didn’t refer to him as any sort of trouble person?”

Suzette Anderson

Suzette Anderson

“So far we haven’t been able to establish a motive in regards to this incident. But what we do know is the fact that Mr. Whylie is someone who would frequent that area but he was not known to us as a trouble person. He was not known to be someone who is gang-affiliated, so we are still trying to establish a motive in regards to this incident.”

According to Anderson, the person being sought is well known to Police.

Second Victim of Weekend Bloodbath Succumbs…
Jul 29, 2014

Honduran national Carlos Mayorga, a tacos vendor, was brutally killed at his house on Mopan Street. Three female assistants were also targeted in the gun violence that occurred early on Saturday morning. Today one of the victims, Alida Asencio, succumbed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Asencio was hit to the chest and abdomen…she lost a kidney and experienced organ failure before passing away around midday today. Prior to her death, Duane Moody spoke to family members and a friend on the hellish home invasion.

Voice of: Friend

“Mister Carlos was bringing downstairs the icebox. He went back and I believe when they see him come down and went back up, they sneak back up through the backdoor. Two guys—one with gun, one with knife—they ask for money and they put three of them in the front room. They were asking for the money. Mister Carlos said yes, alright please, I am going to give you guys, but I don’t know where is the key. He was frightened. And he pulled a machete to wrench open the wooden thing he has the money in. they thought he was gonna use it, so they hit him in the head four times with the gun. He managed to wrench open the draw and give them the money. He gave them two thousand dollars and some small change. One of the guys looked at him and said that’s not enough.”

 

Duane Moody

“The horrendous ordeal of a home invasion on a group of Honduran nationals on Saturday morning is still very much real in the minds of their loved ones. After two assailants opened fire on the group, fifty-two year old Carlos Mayorga died instantly from a bullet to the back of the neck. But Karina Avila, Alida Asencio, and Sijihan Avila were hit to various parts of the body and they are all being treated at the K.H.M.H. Asencio is currently in a critical condition.”

Asencio, the mother of an eight year old girl, is fighting for her life after she was hit to the abdomen and chest. Her sister says they fear that she will lose her fight to life.

Voice of: Sister of Alida Asencio (Translated)

“She is really bad. She is dying. The doctors are saying that she bled a lot and there is no hope that she will survive. There is so much violence here and my sister came here for a better life and I don’t know what happened.”

Voice of: Friend

“Miss Alida started to fret and she run. She ran to the next room and locked herself in there, a guy run in there and shub open the door. Because the door have no lock, he shub her off and conscious someone else was in the room, who was Karina. He tell them to march in the room, to go in there with the others and while they were in there, they hit Alida in the head and Karina in the head also. Alida get frightened and she jumped up and she got hit on her stomach. The bullet damaged her kidney, her liver, her pancreas and her intestines; they said she lost one of her kidneys. She is critical. She only has a sister here, no other relatives and she has an eight year old daughter in Guatemala City. The other person that got shot was Sijihan. She got a shot above her chest…just above her heart. It came out through her side, broke two of her robs and then the other bullet hit her arm.”

A family friend, who is also from Honduras, recounted the series of events saying that Karina’s condition is detriorating and that she is not breathing on her own.

Voice of: Friend

“Karina, she was the one who got the minor of the injuries. The bullet hit her arm, but it is lodged in her chest. The doctor says it didn’t touch anything serious, but they couldn’t take out the bullet. The impact make blood went into her lungs and she is breathing with a machine. Last night when I called to check on how the autopsy went and thing, they told me how karina is getting a little bit worse right now. Sijihan is the one who is stable right now. So we are hoping they all get through this because we don’t want anyone else to die; enough with one.”

For friends and families, the tragedy is also heartbreaking because the victims migrated to Belize for a safer and better life. Instead their lives are threatened in a country where they have worked hard to earn a living.

Voice of: Friend

“It is sad because Mister Carlos is a man with a big heart…quiet but at the same time very kind. He is a man with a big heart and they don’t steal from no one. They work hard for what they have and I believe they cheat him out of his life. It’s really sad to know that these guys out here have no heart, have no love. They don’t sit and think that they have mom, they have dad, they have sisters, they have kids. They don’t sit and think, they come and chance people. Get a job. Look how many jobs are out there? They want to find easy money and taking people’s life away. Two thousand dollars wasn’t worth Mister Carlos life. Everybody in the neighborhood now is fretting.”

Voice of: Sister of Alida Asencio (Translated)

“We want justice, we want justice. Why are there laws when there is no justice? We don’t want any more violence. These youths today, please work so you can eat. If you want to steal the money, steal the money but don’t take life. We are very afraid now.”

Duane Moody for News Five.

As we said, those interviews were conducted just before Acensio died. Police confirm that three persons have been detained for questioning in what is now a double murder.

Fugitive Errol Elrington Safe in Belize…
Jul 29, 2014

Errol Elrington

Today, attorney Hubert Elrington confirmed what we reported on Monday night that his brother, Errol Elrington, is in Belize and has been here since he fled the US after being interviewed by federal and state agents. An arrest warrant was issued for him in October, 2013, so he is legitimately a fugitive from justice? Errol is wanted on charges of racketeering and Medicaid fraud after he allegedly billed Medicare and Medicaid more than four hundred thousand dollars U.S. for services he did not perform. Errol is also believed to have hired an unlicensed physician who then engaged in criminal sexual misconduct. But while those are serious charges in the US, they don’t appear to be that big a deal here in Belize, especially if your brother happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney-General, Wilfred Elrington. It is not known if there is an extradition request from the U.S., but if there would be one, it would be for Wilfred to deal with. But today, Hubert told News Five that it’s no secret…and his brother isn’t really guilty of anything but bad judgment.

Hubert Elrington, Brother of Errol Elrington

“He is here in Belize. My brother, as you know, was a director of medical services in his substantive post up there at a hospital, and he also owned his own clinic, medical facility. And as far as I understand he employed a doctor that represented to him that he had all his licenses and things, but after a while it turned out that this doctor did not have some of the licenses that were needed…and you know in the United States they are very, very strict. They want you to check…and if you don’t check…so it’s really a situation where an employee of his, a doctor, failed to get his proper licenses and was operating in my brother’s clinic. And that’s the situation. Now I understand that my brother has legal experts working for him in the States and they are dealing with the matter up there.”

Reporter

“Sir I’m not too familiar with the legalities, but there are also charges mentioned in the report of racketeering..Medicaid fraud…is that above and beyond the situation with the other physician that was employed?”

Hubert Elrington

Hubert Elrington

“Well the reality is that if you treat any patient in your clinic and you send any bill to the government and it turns out that one of your doctors was not licensed then you don’t have a right to claim. Everything stems from the rogue doctor that failed to disclose to him that he had not looked after his license. As you know he is probably the brightest of the Elringtons…he was the one who was able to do the physics and the mathematics and things like that without difficulty. So to me it is kind of regrettable that he was not paying the kind of attention he should have been paying but it sometimes happens in life and we live in a democracy. But its not that he himself did anything wrong.”

Hubert said that in his opinion, any situation which would result in a request for Errol’s extradition would never arise.

Missing Ipad Turns Up in Ladyville Bakery…
Jul 29, 2014

What was attorney Arthur Saldivar’s missing Ipad doing in the home of the Deputy Prime Minister’s brother in Orange Walk? That’s the million dollar question right now for Saldivar. He lost his Ipad at a bakery in Ladyville, and when he tracked it using a built-in feature, it had somehow made its way to a house in Orange Walk, and then back to Ladyville before Police and Saldivar recovered it this morning. It’s shaping up to be a political thriller, and for us it started this morning at the Ladyville Police Station, just minutes after Police located the missing Ipad at E and A Bakery at Ramon’s Plaza.

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney

Arthur Saldivar

“The Ipad was missing for the better part of two weeks. Fortunately for me we were able to track it down. Originally it was in Orange Walk and I was prepared to go to Orange Walk to retrieve it there, but this morning it moved and we were able to track it to Ladyville to Ramon’s Plaza. Upon going to Ramon’s Plaza we heard the beacon beeping and the Police went in and we recovered the Ipad from the bakery at Ramon’s Plaza. So presently we have the person that was there detained to find out really and truly what happened.When we got to Ramon’s Plaza I waited for the Police to come because I didn’t want to go in alone and upon approaching the bakery I could hear the beacon beeping and when we got inside there was resistance. The lady didn’t want us to go where I heard the beacon but we still went to the back room where it was and it was in a trunk. Again she was raising objections but it was right there in a black plastic bag. She brought it out, she opened the plastic bag and there was my Ipad.”

Reporter

“The house we are looking at where you say your Ipad was for the past two weeks….it has distinct features. Have you been able to use your connections to find out who this home belongs to?”

Arthur Saldivar

“We’re in the process of doing so and we are inviting the general public to assist in that process. I believe once the images are shown that the ownership of the house would be easily discernible. I have pictures of the house that we got through the satellite and through the technology that’s attached to the Ipad and that I will make available to you so that your viewers can see where it is. The Ipad was in lost mode so I’m not sure if the persons who had it were able to access it and access the information on it but I will know that soon enough.”

Arthur Saldivar Alleges Political Connection…
Jul 29, 2014

According to the tracking feature, the Ipad was taken to this home in Orange Walk. We didn’t know it at the time of the interview this morning, but we’ve learned that the house belongs to German Vega, who is the brother of the Deputy Prime Minister. Saldivar isn’t taking the matter lightly, even before he learned the identity of the homeowner. He told News Five that especially in today’s violent climate, he expects, and is prepared for the worst.

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney

Arthur Saldivar

“Certainly I would want to know who owns that house for various reasons. Why would my Ipad be of interest to them? Why would I be of interest to them and certainly I need to know whether or not it is someone that I need to worry about. A lot of things have been happening in Belize recently that give us all pause. The situation of Mr. Cervantes comes to mind readily. And all these crimes of violence that have been taking place that didn’t usually take place in Belize…it’s taken a different turn and a different twist so for those in the public who like myself have concern and those who would like to see Belize return to normal…I would just like to say this. I am not a drinker, so you won’t find me drunk anywhere. I am not a habitual smoker, so you will not find me dying of asphyxiation in terms of cigarette smoke or something of the sort. So if any accident should befall me…if any freak issues should affect me…don’t go looking anywhere that you need not look. The house where my Ipad was since Sunday should be of particular concern. Start there…nowhere else.”

News Five attempted to speak to the proprietors of E and A Bakery in Ladyville, but they were being questioned by Police at the time.