Yesterday we told you about the family of Leslie Logan Junior who held a press conference in Belize City to express their dissatisfaction at authorities for not handling the investigations properly into the death of their loved one. The father of Logan Junior, Leslie Logan Senior who was a police officer for more than 37 years claimed that there has been a cover up of the case. Retired Inspector of Police Leslie Logan told the media yesterday he is well aware of what due process needs to be taken in any investigation. Logan Senior and his wife arrived in Belize from the US on the 23rd of September, the same day a post mortem examination was conducted on the body of their son after he was shot multiple times by the owner of the store he went to rob.
To date all that is know is that the owner of Hung Ya Store located on Otro Benque Road in front of the Northern Regional Hospital gave a police a caution statement and was released from custody. No one knows if he is still in Orange Walk and to date Logan Senior is questioning whether the use of excessive force by the owner of the store is justifiable. Logan claims to have a written statement of a witness who claims that Logan Junior pleaded for his life to be spared and for the police to be called, but instead, the owner of the store, who is of Chinese Nationality, just kept shooting. To make matters worse, for the police department in this case, the witness claims that Logan’s shooting happened in the presence of a police officer who instead of stopping the shooter, condoned the act.
And while many believe that the Chinese business man acted out of self-defense, Logan Senior is of the sentiment that his life was never in jeopardy. It is a difficult case because while the family believes that authorities have breached his constitutional rights, today when we spoke with Deputy Commanding the Orange Walk Police Formation, Superintendent Selvin Tillett, he told us that despite the family’s believe, police have done their duty and as is protocol filed the case and send the documents to the Director of Public Prosecutions for further advise.
When asked about the allegations of cover up in the case, Superintendent Tillett stated that he will not comment on the matter. At yesterday’s press briefing, the family stated that they intend to take out a civil suit against police. We’ll keep monitoring this story as it develops.
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