Nigerian national charged with rape of 16-year-old Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:00

OyinkroA 16-yer-old high school girl of Belize City reported to police that she was raped whilst at a home in the King’s Park area. As a result of the report police arrested and charged 18 year-old Oyinkro Akpobodor, a Nigerian-Belizean who is  a student of the University of Belize.

Akpobodor appeared before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer along with his attorney, Arthur Saldivar on Monday February 20th where he was read a single charge of rape. The 16-year-old student says that on Sunday, January 29, she was at a home in the King’s Park area of Belize City where she was raped by Akpobodor.   In court, the Senior Magistrate took no plea from Akpobodor and she explained to him that the charge of rape is an indictable offense which will be dealt with on indictment. While there was no objection to bail, his attorney Arthur Saldivar submitted that his client is a UB student with no criminal record and that he is to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise.  He also urged that the court to take into consideration that his client will abide by any conditions set out by the court and that bail should be set at a reasonable figure so that his client can meet it when granted.   The Senior Magistrate offered bail of $6,000 plus two sureties of $3,000 each, which he was able to meet.  Akpobodor is due back in Court #2 on April 12.