Father acquitted of Carnal Knowledge of his 12 year-old Daughter Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

On June 3rd, a 40-year-old man of Punta Gorda walked out of the Supreme Court of Belize a free man after his daughter refused to testify against him in a case of carnal knowledge.

The teenaged girl, 14, took the stand, pointed out to the man in the dock as the accused and her father who had been having sexual intercourse with her on several occasions from in February 2010 until April 2011. She, however, refused to give evidence to assist the prosecution's case to prove the charge.

While on the stand, prosecutor Sheneiza Smith asked her about the two dates she can remember her father having sex with her.  The child said she just did not remember those dates.

After that failed, Smith then made an application to have her own witness treated as hostile, but Justice Troadio Gonzalez rejected her application.

With that, Prosecutor Smith closed her case with no further evidence introduced. In light of that, Justice Gonzalez directed the 9-member jury to return a not guilty verdict against the accused setting him free.
The man was charged back in 2011 with two counts of carnal knowledge. Allegations are that sometime in February 2010, he had sexual intercourse with his daughter at a home in Western Belize.

Then again in January 2011, he had sexual intercourse with her again.

After being acquitted, the father who was relieved left the court to his home town PG.

Since the allegations, the father has been out on bail granted to him through the court.