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September 06
08:57 2018
REPORTER: News Staff, -

The family of Jeffrey Hernandez, who died after he suffered a large cut wound on his abdomen while cleaning the interior of a cement mixer on Monday night, is convinced that his death was murder and not accidental.

Hernandez’s aunt, Suleima Batun took to Facebook to express the family’s sentiments, to call for justice, and to ask the public’s assistance to secure a lawyer.

Head of the Crimes Investigations Branch (CIB) Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo said on Thursday that Police have classified the incident as an accident. He said that the machine could have been turned on several different ways and that Hernandez was rescued when someone in the area heard him scream for help and his co-workers arrived on the scene. Officials from the Fire Department and BERT Ambulance freed him two hours later and transported him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but he reportedly died on the way there.

Cowo said that they have taken statements, one of which they are looking at and have forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for instructions on how to proceed on the matter. Police have also detained one of the labourers pending those instructions.

But Miss Batun says her family members have questions of their own after they visited the site where the incident happened. They ask how no one could have known that Hernandez was inside the machine, or checked before turning on the mixer; how come no one was around for more than an hour to hear his screams for help and had to be called from some other location to rescue Hernandez, as Cowo mentioned. Lastly, they ask why the Police were not informed about the occurrence until Tuesday morning.

Hernandez, a 21 year-old football player from Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk, had only gotten the job a week ago at AP Enterprise cement block factory at mile 4 1/2 on the George Price Highway. His family says he had no training on how to work with heavy duty equipment.

We contacted a manager at the company for a comment, but he had none to offer, except to say that it is a matter for the Police to solve.

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