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Guyanese/Canadian national, Rajesh Ouellette, who presently goes by the name William Mason here in Belize is tonight behind bars and additional charges are expected to be thrown at him. Mason is believed to be one of the prime suspects in the murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas after Lucas’ severed head was discovered by police in the back of his vehicle on Friday night.

Mason, according to authorities, was under heavy watch as he was being investigated for a kidnapping incident that occurred about two months ago in which Mason allegedly extorted a Canadian national along with his wife to pay a sum of three thousand dollars.

Yesterday during the press conference held in Belize City it was revealed that the alleged victim, a Canadian national, reported the incident to authorities; however, fearing for his life, he decided to flee from Belize and return to his native country. But why did police wait so long to detain Mason? That is one of the many questions that are yet to be completely and genuinely answered.

Pastor Louis Wade

“You called the accusation against Mr. Mason an Attempted Kidnapping. The person who he kidnapped is currently in hiding in Canada. He was introduced to Mr. .Mason by a Minister of Government. Upon receiving or giving three hundred thousand dollars of which the carrier appears to have been Mr. Lucas, upon refusal of the return of the money which should have been returned on Friday – previously when the money was not returned to the Mennonite he was taken to the house with his wife, at gunpoint, duct-taped, kept below the house for an extended period of time. All of this was reported to Police more than a month ago. The Mennonite was taken on the highway at gunpoint. I am not a Police. I am a pastor. I don’t even belong in the media. This is your job – where he agreed with Mr. Mason to pay monies for his release which were paid to him beside B.N.E. on the highway. All of this we understand the police had information of. How is that attempted kidnapping and not kidnapping? And why was Mr. Mason at this time not arrested and charged?”

Screen_Shot_2016-07-19_at_8.05.17_PMRussell Blackett - Acting Commissioner of Police

“There are a lot of cases we have where you will find that deals were made. Persons try to negotiate and when it turns bad is when they run to the Police at the very end. The guy is in Canada and he will be in country very shortly. What he told us in the first instance on land in Belize is something he told us differently when he was in Canada. So it is something that we will need to re-interview him to see where the charges will go.”

And while Acting Commissioner of Police, Russell Blackett, assured that the Canadian national will return to Belize for proper questioning, he is saying that authorities saw it best to detain Mason while he was out in the public due to security reasons.

Russell Blackett - Acting Commissioner of Police

“Whilst we were investigating him we came upon the source of another investigation that we decide that we will bring him on and have him arrested and questioned but our sole purpose was to search his house and as I mentioned earlier the premises is set in such a way that it would have been problematic for us to go in so we thought it best over two weeks ago to locate him.”

According to other reports, Mason had also extorted a business man in Cayo but he allegedly withdrew the case.

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