Police Sergeant Walks Off Murder Charge

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Updated: June 2, 2016

About two and a half years ago, the body of Tyson Rodriguez was found in the Maya Beach area in Placencia on November 22, 2013.  Rodriguez was no stranger to law enforcement officers.  As a matter of fact, he had reportedly escaped from police custody in Placencia some hours prior to his death.  But the statements given by the three officers who were on duty when Rodriguez was in custody did not bode well with the Director of Public Prosecutions and as such Police Sergeant Julio Shal was charged with murder after the post mortem examination revealed that Rodriguez suffocated from inhaling sand – and that he had chest trauma.  The case went to the courts and concluded today before justice Denis Hanomansingh in a trial by judge without jury.  Shal was found not guility of murder and walked out of court a free man.  Justice Hanomansingh ruled that there was insufficient evidence to satisfy the court beyond a reasonable doubt that Shal committed any unlawful or used any unlawful force leading to Rodriguez’  demise.  Shal was represented by Attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley while Senior Crown Counsel, Cecil Ramirez represented the prosecution.