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Teenage boy, 18, and minor, 16, accused of raping 14-year-old girl in abandoned house

Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2024. 3:33 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Two Belize City youths, one 18, the other 16, are being accused of raping a 14-year-old schoolgirl near the Riverside area in the Saint Martin De Porres area on Monday, January 8, inside an abandoned house.

After intensive investigation, police have charged two of the persons believed to be involved in the rape.

18-year-old Ikwan Reneau, an unemployed of Lizarraga Avenue and the minor, a student, appeared in court on Friday. The arraignment took all day as it related to whether bail should be granted to the two accused persons.

The minor is accused of placing his organ into the teenager’s mouth with force and without consent, while Reneau is accused of rape by placing his organ into the teenager’s vagina.

The Crown sought remand for both accused but defense counsel Norman Rodriguez submitted that his interpretation of the law is that rape is not included as one of those crimes listed under the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act where no bail can be granted at Magistrate’s Court level.

The presiding Senior Magistrate denied bail to Reneau and remanded him to the Belize Central Prison; however, the minor’s case for bail consideration was adjourned for Wednesday, January 17, and he was remanded to the Wagner’s Youth Facility.

The 16-year-old co-accused and the victim reportedly go to the same school on the North Side of Belize City. The Senior Magistrate has tasked the Community Rehabilitation Department to find out first what security the school has in place as it relates to the safety of the victim because it prefers to avoid a situation where the victim and her alleged attacker come into contact during school time.

The case against the minor and Reneau is set to come back before the court on March 12, 2024. Rodriguez said he will be making an application for bail on Reneau’s behalf as early as next week.

The 14-year-old minor reported she had been forced off her bicycle by four men, three of whom are alleged to have participated in the rape. The others continue to be sought.

 

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