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Dec 6, 2011

Alleged rape victim tells Court no more

Richard Russell

A sixteen year old high school student alleged in September 2008 that she was kidnapped and raped. But the now nineteen year old victim, took the stand today and told the court that she does not wish to proceed with the case against thirty year old Richard Russell. She provided no explanation as to why she no longer wants to pursue the matter, but was clearly in tears as she spoke. Prosecutor Sheneiza Smith then submitted to the court that in light of the victim’s decision, the crown is compelled to offer no further evidence in the matter. With that, Justice Herbert Lord instructed the jury to formally find Russell not guilty of Rape. The student had initially claimed that at around six-thirty p.m. on September fifth, 2008 she was walking on Simon Lamb Street when a car pulled up beside her and someone forced her inside. She claimed that she was taken to a house on Antelope Street Extension where she was raped.

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12 Responses for “Alleged rape victim tells Court no more”

  1. Storm says:

    If the original charge was true, the victim should be ashamed — rapists are usually serial offenders. If he rapes another girl, this victim will have that on her slate when Judgment Day comes for her.

    And if the original charge was false, she’s worse, a perjurer.

    But no matter, as a policy we need a new law in Belize: CONVICTED RAPISTS MUST BE CASTRATED. It’s the only way to prevent the next offence.

  2. Robert2 says:

    Belize, your laws do not favor criminals nor victims, they favor injustice.

  3. concerned mother says:

    we the parents need to teach our little girls not to sleep with men for money or cell phones.we need to teach them their values are not that cheap.they worth more than that.Also keep showing them how much we love them.

  4. No Integrity in Belize says:

    I am sure she was threatened and the Police certainly would not protect her so what choice did she have. Criminals rule in BELIZE. Rapist are PIGS hope he don’t fool himself by thinking he is a man because he is not, probably don’t even have enough to work with.

  5. Elgin Martinez says:

    So this little girl was approximately thirteen years old when this scum bag raped her.What a shame,Where were the parents?We all know why this young lady don’t wan’t to proceed with this case,she was intimidated by this criminal.

  6. CEO says:

    He may find justice another way that may be speedier than 3 years and save herself all the embarasment that comes with a trial!

  7. L.C. says:

    @Elgin Martinez: This is how rumors start. Read the article properly. She was *16* when she was ‘raped’. She is now 19. Be properly informed before you make accusations.

  8. citizen #2 says:

    Look at that dude he is a stone gangster, everyone knows that girl was threaten, by that good for nothing dude.. But, in Belize as everybody knows there is no justice, sad situation if he was only in America, but they are cowards will not try that here, they would put him in jail and rape him the same way.

  9. BMNJ says:

    I totally agree with ‘STORM’. All rapist, especially the repeated offenders, should be castrated. PERIOD!

  10. Elgin Martinez says:

    LC: You’re so worried about how rumors start.This criminal need to be hang.

  11. Elgin Martinez says:

    LC:Thanks for the correction,that been said,this young lady been 19 now doesn’t change the fact that she was a minor at the time this idot committed this heinous act on her.So don’t try to justify his actions.It’s people like you that condone this type of behavior hence the reason crime is so rampant in our country.Maybe the crime wave need to hit you or a family member to change your thought.

  12. bently says:

    should hav been my lil sister he !@#% with then u would have seen if he would be smiling, but dont worry young lady men like them usually dont last long.

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