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Jan 19, 2011

Jury of 9 free man of carnal knowledge charge

Thirty-four year old Dennis Robateau, a laborer of San Andres Village in the Corozal District, walked out of the Supreme Court this morning a free man after being acquitted of the charge of Carnal Knowledge.  On May sixteenth, 2008 a fourteen year old girl reported to Corozal Police that while visiting Robateau’s home he had sexual intercourse with her against her will. Robateau who maintained his innocence appeared before Justice Dennis Hanomansingh today during the northern session of the Supreme Court and was represented by attorney Ellis Arnold.  Under oath he admitted to knowing the minor but insisted that he never once became sexually involved with her.  Furthermore he argued that the entire incident was fabricated.  Robateau’s fate was deliberated by a jury of nine who, within thirty minutes, unanimously found him not guilty of the crime.

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6 Responses for “Jury of 9 free man of carnal knowledge charge”

  1. The People Had Enough says:


  2. BZNinCALI says:

    If they had done a thorough investigation & hopefully examined the girl immediately after the rape, the outcome could have been different. I hope this acquittal does not invite more street justice. I would like to know why they believed the girl lied.


    Where is the monster photo?
    The judiciary system in Belize contributes to every rape and sexual act committed against women, children and men in Belize. A bunch of illiterates are often called for jury duty and inexplicably comes up with a not guilty verdict, how predictable is that.
    Dennis Robateau raped this girl, and is now a free man. His just might murder his next victim. to keep her quite.

  4. no spin zone says:

    rape kit with DNA evidence and you have a slam dunk case because a 14 year old can’t give consent.

  5. CEO says:

    A 14 year old cannot give concent but they can give false statement. To be accused does not mean quilt! I do not know the details but the court did its work. Let’s respect the cout and next time hopw who collects the evidence do a better job.

    I personall know a teacher (not in Belize) that was accused of the same thing by a minor and messed up the mans life. The child lied and later on admitted it in court that she did, no one will hire this man now simply because he was falsly accused.

    This kind a crimes are very bad and who are proven guilty without any doubt should be punished by the full extent of the law but let us not get too crazy now!

  6. Curious says:

    Every time someone makes a false report about a rape, it weakens the chance of future rape convictions. A lot of women have done such against men who rejected or wronged them. At least in this case, the accuser is a minor, and she stuck to her story which gives me the impression that she was raped, as a 14 yr old cannot give consent.

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