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Mar 4, 2011

Did late Court appearance end a rape trial?

An Orange Walk man was convicted of rape in 2009 and sentenced to ten years. But he appealed and a retrial was ordered, which started Tuesday and ended on Thursday. In his second trial, fifty-two year old Manuel Fernandez was freed of the charge, which was brought by his cousin’s wife. Prosecutor Cecil Ramirez intended to bring the alleged victim and her daughter to testify, but they were not present in court. Fernandez’ attorney, Simeon Sampson, requested an acquittal and judge Denis Hanomansingh ordered the jury to the accused man not guilty. Ten minutes later, the two witnesses arrived at the Corozal Supreme Court, but it was too late. Fernandez, who has only one arm, was accused of raping the thirty-eight year old Orange Walk woman on September second, 2007.  The woman reported that her four children had just gone to bed when Fernandez showed up at her house. She claimed that he appeared intoxicated and asked her to have sex with him, but she refused. But Fernandez allegedly grabbed her by the hand and dragged her to a house in the backyard, where she fell and hit her head. The woman says that’s when Fernandez took advantage of her. In his defense, Fernandez says they had consensual sex after the woman challenged him because of his handicap.

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3 Responses for “Did late Court appearance end a rape trial?”

  1. Disgusted! says:

    They say justice delated is justice denied. It was this woman’s duty to be in court on time to defend her accusation. Oviously she was denied justice because of her delay so she has to live with it. Makes one wonder if she was actually raped or if she ashamed of being caught in an adulerous affair with her husband’s cousin for takin on a daring challenge. Don’t you get it miss, it was the guy’s hand that was handicapped, not his ,,,,,. Play with fire, you are succeptible to get burned!

  2. Terry says:

    The woman liad. Which jury would believe a one handed man could over power a 38 year old woman and drag her to the back of a building. I do not think a Belizean jury of “honest reasonable people” could say dis man rape the woman.

  3. BZNinCALI says:

    A one hand man should not be able to overpower the average woman but a jury believed he did, he was convicted, appealed & won. All this tells us is that she should have gotten her silly arse up early enough to get to court on time. The courts may disappoint us sometimes but ladies, we have to stop pretending to be helpless & for God’s sake, invest in an alarm clock or learn to set the one on your cell phone.

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