$15,000 bail for alleged sexual assailant Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

Francisco Levi Figueroa, a 65-year-old Guatemalan who has been on remand since June 2, 2017, 18 days after being denied bail and being remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison for allegedly fondling a 6-year-old girl, took his bail application to the Supreme Court. With the help of his attorney Leroy Banner, he was successful in securing bail on Friday, June 16, 2017.

There was heavy objection by Crown Counsel Jacqueline Willoughby based on the nature of the offense and that there is the likelihood that he may commit a similar offense if out on bail. His attorney submitted that he is not a flight risk and that the likelihood that his trial will come up sooner than 2 years from now is next to impossible.

With that, Judge Herbert Lord granted him bail in the sum of $15,000 plus one surety of the same amount or two sureties of $7,500 which he was able to meet. He was ordered to stay away from the victim, refrain from contacting her, and not to interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses.

On Friday, June 2, 2017, Figueroa was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate Court where he appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. The prosecutor, Inspector Egbert Castillo, objected to bail on the grounds of the victim being only 6 years old. Figueroa was read a single charge of sexual assault upon a 6-year-old child. The child reported to police that he touched her inappropriately on her private part on April 30, 2017.

Figueroa’s next court date is September 18, 2017.