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Jun 12, 2017

Accused Serial Rapist Free of 2 Convictions

Alberto Ical

A serial rapist in Belmopan, accused of sexually assaulting a woman in March 2011, was sentenced to fifteen years in prison.  He was also serving a ten-year stretch for an armed robbery.  But tonight, Alberto Ical was acquitted of those charges after successfully appealing both cases.  Six years ago, the alleged victim testified during trial that she was walking in the vicinity of the market square, on her way to catch a bus, when she was held up at gunpoint by Ical.  In her testimony, the woman recalled being ordered by Ical to take off her clothing.  Fearing for her life, she immediately undressed and Ical reportedly raped her in a nearby drain, before relieving her of a silver ring and two hundred and fifty dollars in cash.  At the appellate level today, attorney Anthony Sylvester argued the matter on three grounds, including the fact that the judge erred in law when he interjected and stopped Ical from cross examining the victim.  During trial, the woman told the court that she saw a picture of her accused rapist while she was at the police station.  The judges of the Court of Appeal held the view that the trial judge ought not to have stopped Ical from cross-examining the alleged victim because it was crucial to his defense.  With that, the lengthy convictions which were to have run concurrently were quashed and Ical was set free.  But the sexual predator remains incarcerated on two other rape convictions which also both carry terms of ten and fifteen years concurrently.  On March twenty-third of this year, Ical was convicted of rape and robbery and subsequently sentenced before Justice Antoinette Moore.

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1 Response for “Accused Serial Rapist Free of 2 Convictions”

  1. Marie says:

    Justice can err, but someone else won’t, he will be a 1 hit target. 3dc2

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