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Jul 14, 2014

2 men committed to stand trial for unnatural crimes

David Popper

Two men, who were unrepresented at their Preliminary Inquiry, will have to answer to indictable offenses at the Supreme Court. They are seventy-one year old David Popper, a resident of Riverside area, Burrell Boom and twenty-seven year old Edwin Emmanuel Coye of the Belama area in Belize City.  Popper is accused of committing an unnatural crime upon a twenty-three year old man on April, 2013.  He was additionally accused of committing a mischievous act for allegedly making an untrue report to police that instead he was assaulted by the alleged victim and for wounding the victim. In the case of Coye, he was accused of committing an unnatural crime upon an under-aged girl, who was fourteen years at the time. 

Edwin Emmanuel Coye

Allegations are that Coye had sex with the minor on two separate occasions and for that, he was charged with two counts of carnal knowledge as well as for committing an unnatural crime upon the minor.   This morning, the first P.I. to conclude was that of Popper. Prosecutor, Inspector Hector Rodriguez, was able to produce nine statements which he entered into evidence against Popper; that were unchallenged. While he said he had alibi witnesses, Popper did not have any names to give the court. In the case against Coye, the prosecutor presented nine witness statements, eight documentary exhibits in the form of a medical report, a caution statement, photographs and forensic reports. He also did not challenge any of the evidence. In the end, Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser ruled that both men had cases to answer and they were committed to trial in the October session of the Supreme Court. 

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