San Pedro businessman David Gonzales has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after arraignment this morning in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. The 32-year-old was read a single charge of murder in relation to the death of his wife, 28-year-old Marisela Guzman-Gonzalez. Residents of the island has been clamoring for justice and had been complaining on social media that Gonzales had been getting special treatment by the officers in San Pedro Town. Police Commissioner explained to the media this morning that he has since communicated with the Officer Commanding San Pedro, Superintendent Christopher Noble for clarification.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “The act is an outrageous one. Unfortunately no matter what is done will not return the deceased wife and people have a right to voice their opinion or their concern and to call for what they believe is right and I would want to join them in saying that we must get justice for the deceased wife and from the police standpoint we are going to do what we can. We already started by making an arrest and I can tell you that the arrest was not made due to no public pressure but it was made because of the fact that we do have evidence and as the time progresses the police investigation is not stopped they continue to investigate. As a matter of fact I saw where the public got a bit outrageous last night when there was some picture circulating with the accused husband on a golf cart going home and I myself when I saw it initially I was upset because with the way how this entire ordeal went down and the fact that the husband seems to have no remorse and is non cooperative with investigation he should not be afforded any kind of privilege. And so I quickly got on the phone and I spoke to Mr.Noble and inquired from him why was it that the individual was seen on a golf cart and he had said to me that they took him home because there is a DVR, there is surveillance camera at the house but when the police went to retrieve the video footage there was no DVR so the officers took him back to his home last night to search the surroundings because we had received information that the DVR may have been hidden somewhere in the yard or in some nearby yard and so he was taken there for the purpose of conducting that search.”
Gonzales was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. He is to return to court on December 16.