Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2022. 9:03 am CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: A Colombian national living in Belize has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison following a charge of rape.
The victim, a 23-year-old Guatemalan national, reported to police that she came home from work late when 46-year-old Luis Alejandro Rios Loaiza, began accusing her of being under the influence of alcohol.
The two got into an argument during which, he forced himself on her and had sex with her without her consent. The victim said that her sister, who was in the apartment at the time, heard her struggling and came to her aid, fighting Loaiza off of her. The sister managed to free her from Loaiza, who left their home and returned the next day for his belongings.
The victim claimed that he once again assaulted her, but she managed to escape him a second time through intervention from a neighbor.
Loaiza appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s court on Tuesday, represented by attorney Rene Montero.
The prosecution heavily objected to bail for a number of reasons, including that the accused is a flight risk since he is only in Belize on a work visa, and that he knows where the complainant lives, putting her at risk. Montero submitted that, while the allegations are serious, rape is a bailable offense.
Montero also submitted that the victim originally made a report for assault, but after he packed his things to leave, he alleges that she changed her mind and reported a rape.
After taking the facts into account the Magistrate decided to remand Loaiza to prison until his next trial date.
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