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mark_massamThere has been some progress in criminal cases that remain open in the Corozal District. Superintendent Andrew Ramirez, Officer In Charge of the Corozal Police Department, says that investigators have been working diligently and there is some good news to report in at least two cases. One of those cases is the murder of twenty-nine year old Mark Massam, of Corozal. Massam was chopped to death on December tenth 2014. Police had reported that about nine fifteen they rushed to College Road where a chopping had been reported. There, officers found a man inflicting chop wounds onto another. The officers state that they tried to stop Carlos Casanova, who was wounding Massam. Casanova refused and officers fired warning shots but Casanova would not desist. Police were forced to shoot Casanova on both legs and knee and moved in to disarm him. By then it was too late for Massam had succumbed to his injuries. Casanova, a resident of Corozal Town remains hospitalized and under police guard, but Superintendent Ramirez says he should be released soon and upon his release he should face charges for the crime.

Andrew Ramirez

“The fellow Carlos Cassanova, he is presently still at KHMH under police guard but the information that I have is that he will soon very shortly be release and I believe within a week time he should be release, I already communicated with the investigating officer of CIB that we need to prepared charges of murder and as soon as the doctor gives the ok we will  go to Belize city and give him his charges and present him to a magistrate in Belize City and let the court and the justice system continue with him but I must applaud all officer especially the patrol unit who was very effective in relation to this apprehension.”

Initial police investigation revealed that a little after nine on December ninth 2014, Cassanova and Massam were both riding on separate bicycles in a westerly direction on College Road. They became involved in an argument which ended in a machete fight and ultimately in the death of Mark Massam.

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