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Feb 24, 2016

Velasquez Will Stand Trial for Rape of Minor

Jorge Velasquez

Another preliminary inquiry took place today. Thirty-five year old Jorge Velasquez who in September 2014 was accused of raping a twelve-year-old girl is back behind bars at the Belize Central Prison. At the end of the P.I., Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith ruled that a prima facie case has been established against Velasquez and he will have to stand trial for rape at the April session of the Supreme Court. The police prosecutor, Corporal Christopher Smith is relying heavily on the statements of the victim and the examining doctor.  The court also offered him bail but Velasquez could not meet and he was sent back to prison.


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