Four persons were remanded to prison on Wednesday, after Belmopan Police discovered a 9mm handgun licensed to Daniel Hugo Aguirre, 37, who was murdered over the weekend. His charredbody was found inhis burned out taxi.
Belmopan Police reported that their murder investigation led them to a home in Teakettle Village, Cayo District, where they arrested Noel Alexander Torres, 29, a resident of Belize City’s Antelope Street Extension, who is considered a suspect in the murder of Aguirre.
Police also arrested Miguel Dominguez, 49 and Blanca Araceli Dominguez, 41, along with a 16-year-old minor.
They were all charged with keeping an unlicensed gun and ammunition. Torres, however, was additionally charged with handling stolen goods.
Torres pleaded guilty to the three charges, when he appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Aretha Ford on Wednesday.
Ford sentenced him to five years in prison for each of the two gun offences and one year for the handling stolen goods charge.
The sentences are to run concurrently, which means that Torres will only spend five years in prison.
Miguel and Blanca Dominguez along with the minor pleaded not guilty, but because the charges are firearm related and were not dropped by the Director of Public Prosecution, they were remanded to prison.
On Saturday morning, Belmopan Police found the taxi belonging to Daniel Aguirre. The car, which had a body inside that is believed to be that of Aguirre, was burned beyond recognition.
During their investigation of the apparent murder of Aguirre, police questioned Torres, who led them to a residence in the Arizona area of Teakettle Village, where the Aguirre’s gun was discovered in a pit latrine.
At the home, Miguel Dominguez reportedly told police investigators that he did not want any problems and led them to the latrine, where he had ditched the gun.
On Monday, September 9, Police Pathologist Dr. Mario Estradabran conducted a postmortem on the remains of a body.
According to Dr. Estradabran’s findings, the charred remains appeared to have been “bleeding before it was burnt”. The result of the postmortem, however, was inconclusive.
Aguirre, a taxi driver and resident of Peter Street Belmopan came to national prominence when he won the Channel 5’s KTV Latino championship in 2011.