Headline — 06 June 2014 — by Rowland A. Parks
Deejay charged for having sex with child, 14

A Belize City deejay was remanded to the Belize Central Prison this afternoon after he was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court on a single count of unlawful sexual intercourse – an offense previously known as “unlawful carnal knowledge” of a girl who is above the age of 14, but below the age of 16.

After reading the charge to Elvis Sutherland, 24, who appeared unrepresented, Magistrate Dale Cayetano explained to him that his court could not grant him bail for the offense with which he is charged before a 90-day period has elapsed. He has to apply for bail to the Supreme Court through an attorney.

Cayetano also explained to him that no plea would be taken from him, because his case will be heard in the Supreme Court on indictment.

After those basic rules were established, Cayetano remanded Sutherland to prison until his next court date on August 6, 2014.

According to a report made to police, the 49-year-old mother of the minor, 14, told them that on April 3, her daughter came home from school, changed her clothes, packed and left home.

According to the mother, she realized that her daughter had left home after she discovered all of her clothing was not in their house.

Upon becoming aware of the missing clothing, the mother filed a missing person report with the police.

Police found the minor living at Sutherland’s home; the minor told police that Sutherland was her boyfriend.

A medical examination was done and a doctor certified that the minor has been carnally known.

On Tuesday, June 3, Elvis Sutherland handed himself in to police. He has been on the run since April 4, when police located the minor at his house.

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