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Jul 3, 2008

Stepfather charged with carnal knowledge of six year old

A thirty-four year old man is in police custody tonight after being charged with the heinous crime of Carnal Knowledge in Magistrates’ Court this morning. The allegation is that the electrician of Hattieville carnally knew his six year old step-daughter sometime between February 2007 and May 2008, but the crime was not reported until a few days ago on June thirtieth. Accompanied by a social worker, the child was medically examined on that same day at Belize Healthcare Partners by Doctor Egbert Grinage who certified that indeed she had been carnally known.

When the stepfather of the child appeared in court this morning, he was asked by Magistrate Ed Usher to give reasons why he should be granted bail and he told the court that he is the father of three children; a boy and two girls and is currently engaged in a custody battle for his daughters. He also said that he is the sole bread winner for his family and has to provide for them and as it turns out, his current common-law-wife is pregnant. The prosecution, represented by Sergeant Pablo Pinkey, objected to bail on the grounds that the offence has become prevalent and that the child is of a tender age. Agreeing with the prosecution, Usher denied him bail and remanded him into custody until August first.

Outside the courtroom, the accused told our court reporter a bizarre story, saying that the six year old fell on a stick. Claiming innocence, the man accused the child’s grandmother of reporting the matter to the Department of Human Services. The child’s mother is his former common-law-wife.

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