After more than a year in prison for manslaughter

Police constables Leonard Nuñez and Hallet King, formerly attached to the Caye Caulker Police Formation, are free from remand as of Tuesday, August 13th. They had been incarcerated for the death of Hilberto Sotz, who died under police custody in 2015. The pair were facing manslaughter charges and was taken to the Supreme Court to be sentenced by Justice Colin Williams. She sentenced them to nine months’ imprisonment, minus time served. Nuñez and King had already spent over a year on remand; thus, they were released and walked out as free men from the court.

Hilberto’s mother, Carmelina Sotz, spoke to the media outside of the court, expressing how hurt she was after finding out that the constables were set free. “This is not fair,” she said, questioning the judicial system of the country. The Sotz family is also considering filing a lawsuit against Nuñez and King because the court did not rule on any compensation to the family for their loss.

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