General — 24 December 2015 — by Rowland A. Parks
Bus conductor, 33, remanded for allegedly having sex with girl, 12

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Dec. 21, 2015–A bus conductor was arraigned and remanded to prison on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse this morning when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser.

Fraser explained to Dalton Longsworth, 33,that he does not have to enter a plea, because the offense for which he has been charged is indictable, and will be heard in the Supreme Court, after a preliminary inquiry that will determine if there is sufficient evidence against him to commit his case to the Supreme Court for trial.

Police have alleged that Longsworth, on November 11, 2015, had unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is 12 years and 8 months old.

Longsworth asked Fraser if he could explain something to the court. He then told the court, “I had nothing to do with that young lady. The date when they said that I had sex with her, I was at home sick.”

After Longsworth had presented his explanation, Fraser told him that the matter for which he has been charged falls in the category of crimes for which her court cannot offer him bail for three months.

Longsworth, after he was told that he would not be released on bail, told the court that the young lady told him that if she could not have him, then no one else would have him.

“Why dem di put me through this?” Longsworth exclaimed.

Fraser further explained to Longsworth that he has an outstanding fine for a theft conviction and that if he does not pay the fine, he would have to serve one year in prison.

Longsworth agreed that he would serve the one year, and Fraser told him that she will have the court office prepare a warrant for him to begin serving the one-year sentence.

He then asked the court if he would be able to get bail for the unlawful sexual intercourse charge.

Fraser assured him that after three months, he would be able to get bail, but he will not be needing that bail, until after he has served his one year sentence.

On Thursday, December 17, police reported that the 12-year-old female, who was accompanied by her mother, reported to police on Wednesday, November 11, that at about 4:30 p.m., she was taken to a house on Fairweather Street in Belize City by a man who had sexual intercourse with her.

A medical examination of the child confirmed her injuries to be grievous harm.

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