Crime General — 23 December 2014 — by Kareem Clarke
Famous footballer, 34, charged with carnal knowledge of girl, 15

BELMOPAN–A well-known football star was granted bail today at the Belmopan Supreme Court after being on remand since Tuesday of this week due to an allegation of having unlawful sexual intercourse.

Cristobal Gilharry, 34, a defensive player for Belize’s Men’s National “A” football team, was arrested and charged this past Monday, December 15, based on a report of unlawful carnal knowledge which was filed by a 15-year-old female minor who lives in Belmopan.

The following day, Tuesday, he appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, where he was read the charge; however, no plea was taken from him, since it is an indictable offense.

He was released from custody today on bail of $6,000

As a result, Gilharry, who works as an office assistant at McLean Insurance Brokers, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until today, when he was released on bail with the help of his attorney, Richard “Dickie” Bradley.

Bradley had applied to the Supreme Court for bail, and after hearing the application in Belmopan today, Madam Justice Antoinette Moore offered the athlete, who currently plays for Verdes FC in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) Belikin Cup football tournament, bail of $6,000.

The minor told police that on November 21, 2014, the accused engaged in unlawful sexual intercourse with her.

Gilharry, a resident of Belize City, is due to reappear in the Supreme Court on March 3, 2015 for the commencement of his court case.

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