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Belize City man charged for attempting to kiss minor girl, 12

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2023. 8:27 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: 34-year-old Dwayne Sutherland denies attempting to kiss a minor girl, 12, who was passing him on the street on Saturday.

But he is behind bars, denied bail and remanded until his next court appearance on October 17.

Sutherland was charged before Chief Magistrate Jayani Wegodapola with attempting to commit sexual assault, that is, intending to kiss a minor under the age of 16 in a sexual manner.

Sutherland pleaded not guilty, saying he was with his common-law wife at the time and that he passed his accuser but not close enough to touch her as he was holding things in his hand. He claimed that he couldn’t even put his face close enough to do what he is being accused of doing.

Nonetheless, the court prosecutor objected to bail because of the age difference between the accuser and accused and the prevalence of the offence in the society; also that the alleged incident took place in a public place with several eyewitnesses. The prosecution is reasonably certain it can sustain the charge.

The Chief Magistrate elected not to offer bail at this time.

 

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