Today an unemployed teenager, 18-year-old, Derry Bennett, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer for the murder of 69-year-old, Ofelia Hernandez Cruz, which occurred on August 13 in Sandhill Village, Belize District. Bennett was unrepresented when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. No plea was taken since the matter is indictable. At today’s press brief, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett said that they are looking for one more person in connection with the murder.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “He has relatives living in the area and was seen in that specific area prior to the incident. We are trying to confirm whether or not the motive was robbery. Based on the investigation several other pieces of evidence were gathered hence the reason for his apprehension and eventual charge for the crime.”
Ofelia Cruz was bludgeoned to death inside her own home on the Salt Creek Road located in an isolated part of Sandhill Village in the Belize District. According to reports, two men arrived on a motorcycle, went through the fence, and into the house while Cruz’s husband was out running errands. Bennett’s case was adjourned to October 25, 2019.