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Aug 24, 2017

Doehm Couple Handed Partial Disclosure in Faye Lin Cannon Cruelty Case

David & Anke Doehm

Today, former residents of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, David and Anke Doehm, are charged with child cruelty in the death of thirteen-year-old Faye Lin Cannon almost two months ago. The teenager’s body was found in a condo at a north end hotel on the island, showing signs of physical and sexual abuse, including a large swelling to the head and bruises on the arm and legs. Despite objections from the Crown, the pair is out on bail and has relocated to a residence in the south side of Belize City. They were granted partial disclosure of the evidence against them and are expected to receive the rest at their next court date. After the short hearing before Acting Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer, we spoke to Crown prosecutor Jacqueline Willoughby for details.

 

Fay Lin Cannon

Jacqueline Willoughby, Crown Counsel

“There are about twenty-five or so statements; in terms of the contents that will be left for the trial.”

 

Reporter

“So what exactly is left for the rest of the disclosure to be delivered by September twentieth?”

 

Jacqueline Willoughby

“Scientific matters – like perhaps your other tests, that may have been run on tissue and that kind of thing.”

 

Jacqueline Willoughby

Reporter

“Is there any concern of yours that maybe those test results will not be ready? Or are you fairly certain that they will be and that the rest of the disclosure will be given and that October fifth, if I’m not mistaken, will be the date for P.I.?”

 

Jacqueline Willoughby

“The fact is the D.P.P.’s office doesn’t do testing; and so it is going to be heavily reliant on what circumstance is out there. But I don’t think that it would be wise for me to comment on wether or not I’m certain, or not. I’m just going to say we’re relying on them, the people who do this kind of work to be completed and if it is done, we go.”

 

The Doehms are scheduled to be back in court on September twentieth, with the preliminary inquiry tentatively scheduled for October fifth. While out on bail they are not allowed to leave Belize or have any contact with prosecution witnesses. The couple’s three other children, all girls, remain under the care of the Department of Human Services while their natural father David Cannon continues to seek custody of them.

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