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Giovanni Burns convicted of 2019 rape, attempted rape, and sexual assault

Posted: Saturday, July 8, 2023. 3:52 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Guilty of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault was the verdict handed down Thursday morning by Justice Nigel Pilgrim in the High Court against Belize City mechanic, Giovanni Burns.

Burns is accused of raping a 24-year-old woman who he forced to perform oral sex on him on February 1, 2019. The victim also testified, in camera, that Burns then tried to rape her vaginally but was unsuccessful, and further sexually assaulted her by fondling her private area.

Burns who was represented by defense counsel Darrell Bradley gave an unsworn statement claiming that he and the accuser were in a relationship. He also called one witness, a female who told the court that she saw Burns and the victim together, implying they were at least in a friendly relationship.

Justice Pilgrim has deferred sentencing for July 28.

 

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