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Apr 10, 2013

Shopkeeper guilty of carnal knowledge

Arden Middleton

Guilty! That’s the verdict against thirty-nine year old Arden Middleton, a shop keeper who was accused of carnally knowing a fourteen year old girl. It took the jury of six men and three women only three hours to reach a unanimous decision. Inside the courtroom of Justice Troadio Gonzalez, Middleton appeared sad and shook his head before turning his gaze to the floor.  According to the fourteen year old minor, after sitting outside the shop known as Little Wilt’s Place on Caesar Ridge Road, she asked the shopkeeper to use the restroom.  The girl said that Middleton, whom she knew by the nickname ‘Gads’, took her to his room and forced himself on her. Upon returning home, her mother inspected her because she was aware that she was troubled. The mother confronted Middleton and testified that Middleton admitted that he had intercourse with the girl. She said the day after the encounter with the shopkeeper, she was waiting on a city bus, and Middleton offered to pay the daughter’s school fees in return for silence. To add salt to the wounds, Middleton told the woman that he was not the child’s first lover.  She took her daughter to the Human Services Department on July fourteenth 2011 and the doctor who examined the child testified that she was carnally known and she had a fresh wound that indicated that there had been contact within twenty four hours. With mounting evidence against him, Middleton’s defense was absence. He said he was not at the shop at the day the incident occurred and his brother also gave a similar testimony. Justice Troadio Gonzalez deferred sentencing until April eighteenth when mitigation pleas will be heard on his behalf.


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5 Responses for “Shopkeeper guilty of carnal knowledge”

  1. Bear says:

    Castrate him, chop them off, to guarantee he can never violate another Belizean girl. Then let him sit in prison for ten years or so to consider his crime.

  2. BMNJ says:

    @Bear, very well said.

  3. Tarasbulba says:

    Bear, a deh widh u but chop it off, half boil it, mek ih eat it, an sentence dih animal fu 25 yrs.

  4. Storm says:

    Tarasbulba for judge!

  5. anewvoice says:

    Not to say he’s guilty or innocent but how was it proven that he was guilty? Also, what methods are used to determine if someone is carnally known by force or by consent? It just bothers me when I read stories like this because I want the guilty to be prosecuted however the innocent are sometimes falsely accused. My fear is when my friend moves back home that they could become entrapped in some time of scheme where a poor family tries to extort money. I guess I just don’t trust NO BODY!!! Especially poor uneducated folks.

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