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Belize City man sees child rape charge discontinued by nolle prosequi

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2023. 11:09 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: On Monday, a motion of nolle prosequi was entered in favour of 37-year-old Francis Avilez of Belize City, charged with rape of a child in April of 2015.

A minor, 13, reported that in February of 2015, she went with Avilez to his home behind the Belize Water Services Limited office, and in March to the Gulf Motel on the Philip Goldson Highway, where they had sexual intercourse despite her being underage.

Avilez was denied bail when initially charged but was granted bail by the High Court while waiting for the matter to be tried.

The Crown gave no reasons for the decision to High Court Judge Ricardo O’Neil Sandcroft, but in legal parlance it means the case can be tried once sufficient evidence is gathered. Avilez is represented by Oscar Selgado.

 

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