Darrington Lauriano charged with Attempted Rape Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

A 22-year-old woman from Hattieville Village says that Darrington Lauriano attempted to rape her. Lauriano, who is no stranger to police, was arrested and taken to the Belize City Magistrates Court on Friday, February 14th, to answer to a charge of attempted rape.

The complainant told police that she was at a house with her friend in Hattieville when they heard a knock at the door. They went to see who it was but no one was there. According to the woman, minutes later a strong breeze blew the door opened and that was when they saw Lauriano. He walked into the door and stood there watching them. Lauriano then walked into the living room and sat in a chair where they were. She said he sat there not saying anything and when she got up to go to the bathroom he followed her. The woman claims that was when Lauriano started to tell her how he had been in love with her for a while but didn’t know how to tell her. When she tried to walk out of the bathroom Lauriano attacked her and pulled her into a bedroom where he jumped on top of her and tried to rape her. The woman fought him off and escaped.

Lauriano appeared in court with bruises around his right eye. He told the court that he was badly beaten in a fight with the boyfriend of the alleged victim and it was because of that incident with the boyfriend that they filed charges claiming he tried to rape the woman. Lauriano appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne-Marie Smith but no plea was taken since the matter is an indictable offense. There was no objection to bail which was offered in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount.