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Oct 29, 2014

Brian Charlesworth Guilty of Carnal Knowledge of Minor

Brian Charlesworth

A jury panel had a split verdict in the case of a Belize City man accused of the sexual abuse against a minor. At least two of nine jurors, who decided the fate of forty-five year-old Brian Charlesworth, found he was not guilty of committing the hideous offense against the six year old minor during an unspecified date between January and October, 2011.  But that was not enough to save him so Charlesworth was convicted and sent back to jail.   Late on Tuesday evening, the jurors emerged from the deliberating room and found Charlesworth guilty of carnal knowledge.  Judge Troadio Gonzalez, who heard the trial, has deferred sentencing upon Charlesworth for this coming Friday.  In the trial, Charlesworth was represented by attorney, Kathleen Lewis.  Prosecutor in the case was Kileru Awich. The trial began last week and as many as five witnesses including the minor who is now nine years old were called to the stand. She testified “En Camera” providing a vivid recollection of the incident. In his defence, Charlesworth gave an alibi testimony in which he claimed that he was not the one who had sexual intercourse with the child as he was never at the scene of the alleged crime. He claimed he was at home, but he did not call any alibi witness to collaborate his version of the story. So after deliberating for four hours, the jury found him guilty. 

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