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Nov 7, 2018

Bert Vasquez Faces Additional Time After Being Found Guilty of Attempted Rape

Bert Vasquez

Guilty of attempted rape – that was the unanimous verdict returned by a jury of nine this evening in a case against Bert Vasquez.  The thirty-four-year-old appeared unrepresented before the Supreme Court today where he was also found not guilty of forcible abduction.  The case against Vasquez goes back to January 2011, when he was accused of kidnapping a sixteen-year-old girl and later attempted to rape her.  It is the third consecutive trial date that Vasquez has shown up to court without an attorney.  Crown Counsel Kileru Awich prosecuted on behalf of the D.P.P.’s Office.  Following the outcome, Vasquez asked the court to bump up his mitigation hearing, fast-tracking the date from December fifth to November twenty-eighth. 

 

Kileru Awich

Kileru Awich, Crown Counsel, D.P.P.’s Office

“This was a 2011 incident, from January 25th, 2011 and he was charged with two counts of forcible abduction and attempted rape.  The case concluded today and the judge summed up the case and he finished his summation just after twelve and the jury returned just after four.  They found him not guilty of forcible abduction, a majority verdict and unanimous guilty on attempted rape.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“In terms of the evidence that was brought forward in this matter that would have secured this particular conviction, can you speak to us a bit about that?”

 

Kileru Awich

“Well, I can’t get into the minds of the jury, they are the ones who know which evidence they thought compelling and important and which one they disregarded.  It all depends on how the jury sees every case, each case is different.  Juries are human beings and they look at how witnesses perform on the stand and form their views based on that.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“But what did you present?”

 

Kileru Awich

“Well, it was basically the account of the virtual complainant.  She is the one who was the main evidence against Bert Vasquez who was the only one in his company and she was the only one who could speak on what the facts of what happened on that day, January 25th, 2011.”

 

Reporter

“How many witnesses were there?”

 

Kileru Awich

“It was four witnesses.  Three were formal witnesses and one was the virtual complainant herself.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“When will sentencing be set and what was the position of Mr. Vasquez in respect of the sentencing?”

 

Kileru Awich

“Mr. Vasquez was unrepresented and the court was trying to give him as much time for his mitigation.  The court initially wanted December fifth, but Mr. Vasquez wanted a sooner date and he asked for the twenty-eighth of this month.  So the twenty-eighth of this month will be mitigation and then a sentence might either be passed on that day or on a date after that.”

 

Before the Court of Appeal two weeks ago, Vasquez requested an adjournment since he was also unable to secure legal representation for a matter before the appellate jurisdiction.

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