Magistrate Norman Rodriguez arraigned for rape Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:00

The arraignment of Magistrate Norman Charles Rodriguez, 46-years-old, took place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Belize City after he was accused and charged of rape. Allegations are that on April 21, 2017, a 27-year-old woman was raped by Rodriguez in Dangriga. He allegedly turned himself into Belize City police to be read a single count of rape. At court, Rodriguez attempted to be as secretive as possible.

Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith led Rodriguez’s session in court. Rodriguez was represented by four attorneys, Hubert Ellington, Herbert Panton, Kathleen Lewis, and Michelle Trapp-Zuniga. He was read a single charge of rape. No plea was taken from him on the matter. Bail was offered to him in the sum of $1,000 and one surety of the same amount. He was given bail conditions which included that he must refrain from applying for any travel documents, without the permission of the court, and must not leave the country.

Both sides agreed that Rodriguez would be provided with disclosure on August 10, 2017, which is to be handed over to his lead attorney, Panton. His preliminary inquiry is set for August 24. Rodriguez’s next court date is set for August 24, 2017 in Dangriga Town.