October 10, 2017 3:33 pm

Man charged with murder in shooting death of Canadian in Belize: police

The town of Corozal, Belize, where a Canadian man was fatally shot on Oct. 4, is shown in a file photo.


COROZAL, Belize – Police in Belize say they have charged a 52-year-old man with murder in the shooting death of a Canadian man last week.

Spokesman Raphael Martinez says officers arrested Apolonio Kiou of Corozal on Monday night in the death of Gabriel Bochnia.

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Police say Bochnia, 38, was shot in the abdomen as he, his wife and three children were returning home last Wednesday night.

Martinez says a man came out of nearby bushes with a rag over his face and shot Bochnia as he got out of his car to open the gate to his home.

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Bochnia’s wife and children were not hurt physically in the incident.

In a separate case, Canadian Francesca Matus was killed in the same area of Belize in the spring, but police have no suspects in that matter.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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