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Acquitted of rape, complainant absent in Court Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

The crown, represented by Kileru Awich, wanted to discontinue a case of rape against two local musicians because the complainant is currently abroad but because a jury of 9 was already chosen, Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams instructed the jury to enter a verdict of not guilty against the accused. In 2011, Kevon Bardalez, now 29, had been accused of raping a 14-year-old student inside a car on University Drive in Belize City. Jordy Rhaburn, now 42, was charged with abetment to rape for allegedly holding down the victim.

According to the victim, she had gone to a friend’s house to play games and later went to Bardalez’s house to continue. After deciding to go home, she asked Bardalez for a ride and that is when Rhaburn stopped in a bushy area off Coney Drive and was instructed by Bardalez to hold her down as he raped her. She eventually fought them off and gave a police statement that led to their arrest.

In court Awich attempted to discontinue the case after he was unable to have the victim testify by way of teleconferencing. With that it was deemed that there was insufficient evidence against the two men and Justice Colin Williams instructed the jury to submit a verdict of not guilty. Bardalez was represented by Ronell Gonzalez while Rhaburn was unrepresented.