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Accused Charles Martinez to present defense as child rape trial continues

Posted: Tuesday, July 4, 2023. 8:08 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: On Thursday, 32-year-old Charles Andrew Martinez is to open his defense after the Crown closed its case against him for the alleged rape of a child only nine years of age.

Martinez is accused of forcing the child to perform oral sex on him for five minutes three years ago according to the victim, who is soon to turn thirteen.

Martinez is being represented by defense attorneys Norman Rodriguez and Senior Counsel Hubert Elrington. Presiding Justice Ricardo O’Neil Sandcroft is to read the accused his rights and ask him to choose to remain silent, speak from the dock in an unsworn statement that cannot be challenged, or take the witness stand and be subject to cross-examination.

Martinez’s bail was revoked and he was remanded to prison for the duration of trial; this is a new protocol instituted following the alleged absconding of Tracey Betancourt in 2022 when she was out on bail awaiting a verdict in her murder case. She has not been located despite having a bench warrant against her seeking her arrest.

 

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