BDF Commander Says Captain Coc’s Death Concluded to be Due to Asphyxia
Brigadier General Azariel Loria also gave an update on the investigation into the death of Captain Damacio Coc. Coc reportedly took his own life while he was on remand at the Belize Central Prison for breaching a restraining order. Brigadier General Loria says a post mortem has been conducted and the cause of his death has been attributed to asphyxia.
Brig. Gen. Azariel Loria, Commander, Belize Defence Force: “The mother arrived last week Friday. The office of the agitant and the acting Chief of Staff are in constant communication with them they are the next of kin that is what Captain Coc desired. He changed the next of kin to his mom, from wife to his mom so we are communicating to him in regards to the funeral services that will be effected this Saturday in Sandhill but we are communicating with them and so far we have also gotten the post mortem report from the forensics department and at this time the forensic department is saying that it was a suicide. He died by asphyxia. As you have known from last week he was having, it was a case of domestic dispute. He has restraining orders which he infringed upon and hence the reason the court’s decision was because he had breached that restraining order on several occasions they decided to remand him to Hattieville. We did not know that he was having mental heath concerns. We thought that everything was okay, we offered counselling because we knew that he was having domestic dispute for quite a while now but he somewhat denied our assistance. He said that he was okay.”