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Convicted rapist Giovanni Burns sentenced to 15 years in jail

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2023. 11:20 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: Convicted rapist Giovanni Burns was sentenced to spend 15 years in the Belize Central Prison for the vicious rape of 24-year-old woman in 2019.

Burns was found guilty of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault in July and had been awaiting sentencing while on remand in jail. His fate was delivered by Justice Nigel Pilgrim on Wednesday in court.

He was sentenced to 15 years for rape, 15 years for attempted rape and 4-and-a-half years for sexual assault, which take effect from July 4, 2023 when he was first convicted. When considering factors, the court decided there were no mitigating factors and added two years to the sentence for aggravating factors given the brutal nature of the incident.

Burns reportedly attacked the victim, dragged her to washroom and forced her to perform oral sex while he sexually assaulted her. He was unable to vaginally rape the victim but tried to. In court, Burns appeared remorseless. 

The court did consider that Burns had been caring for his ailing father and for good character, 4 years were deducted from his sentence. His sentences will run concurrently and he will serve a total of 15 years in jail.

 

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