Shop owner remanded to prison for having sex with 14 year girl Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 July 2011 00:00

Arden MiddletonA shopkeeper has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison following a report by a 14 year old girl. The child told police that the shopkeeper, identified as Arden Middleton had sexual intercourse with her on Wednesday, July 13thwhist at his shop on Caesar Ridge Road in Belize City.

Middleton who was picked up over the weekend has been in police custody and on Tuesday July 19th was escorted to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court where he was charged with one count of carnal knowledge upon the 14 year-old girl. The charge was read to him “in camera” when he appeared before Chief Magistrate, Margaret Gabb McKenzie in Court #1.

No plea was taken and due to the nature of the offense, bail was denied and Middleton was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court date set for August of this year.

The 14-year-old child, claimed that she went to a store, Wilt’s Place, as she needed to use the bathroom, that’s when she asked Middleton to show her his restroom.The child further alleged that whist inside the bathroom, Middleton whom she also knows as “Gads” then entered the bathroom, approached her, pulled down her pants and took her into his bedroom where he had sexual intercourse with her against her will. The child has been examined by a doctor who certified thatshe was carnally known.

Middleton was unrep-resented in court however he was informed by the Chief Magistrate that he can apply for bail to the Supreme Court within the next 14 days through the assistance of an attorney  because the Magistrate’s Court cannot offer him bail until 90 days time.