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Jul 1, 2014

Transgender woman, Vanessa Champagne, is charged and behind bars

Perfilio Rodriguez

Vanessa Paris Champagne is causing another quandary, but this time, she is behind bars. And it is because it is not clear if the transgender woman should be placed in the female or the male block of the Belize Central Prison. Champagne, who has been attacked more than once, was today before the court to answer to a single charge of aggravated assault with a knife upon Golda Orozco, the sister of UNIBAM Director, Caleb Orozco. This morning in court, she used her given name, Perfilio Rodriguez, on arraignment before Magistrate Herbert Panton for Aggravated Assault with a knife. But the session was interrupted by Champagne’s laughter and the Magistrate had to remind him that it was no laughing matter and that he could be sent to jail. Rodriguez pleaded not guilty, but the prosecutor expressed concerns that he would interfere with Orozco since they live in the same house. Magistrate Panton inquired from Rodriguez if he could live somewhere else, and he said that he could go to relatives in Independence. But Rodriguez told Magistrate Panton that he has a job with Caleb Orozco. The magistrate was not amused and ordered that Rodriguez be accompanied to pick up his personal belongings at Zericote Street and not to return there until the case is disposed of. While Rodriguez got bail, he could not get anyone to bail him for three hundred dollars and so he was taken to the prison and is due back in Court in late August.

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4 Responses for “Transgender woman, Vanessa Champagne, is charged and behind bars”

  1. sickntired says:

    So what orozco got fi say bout all this? If it mi happen with other people we mi weh hear that people di discriminate gainst vannessa cause she transgender. And look now only di prison people di try have consideration fi ah. This da fi show you belizeans try have consideration fi everybody.

  2. Teacher says:

    Pertfilio is employed by CEO, and he can’t bail hem out for $300. wow.

  3. dats just gud says:

    you see because of this UNIBAM nonsense the Authorities are confused as to which jail cell he/she should be put in. Well he was born a boy, he maybe it is still is a boy [sexual organs] so he should be place in a male jail cell; as per Science, as per Gender, as per the Bible and as per the Law……..

  4. Navidad A says:

    *As per his/her SEX…
    GENDER is what’s between one’s ears
    SEX is what’s between one’s legs

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