BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 2, 2016–A 22-year-old man who was arraigned in March on a single count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl and who was released on Supreme Court bail got a surprise this morning when five more charges of unlawful sexual intercourse were read to him, when he and his attorney appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith.
Attorney Herbert Panton, who is representing Keshane Shaquille McDougal, who was arraigned on one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old minor, appeared in court this morning and told the court that the charge against his client should be dismissed because the 90-day period during which his client should have received his disclosure had already passed, and that the police have no evidence against his client.
The court prosecutor, however, surprised Panton and McDougal when, instead of withdrawing the charge against him, five more charges of unlawful sexual intercourse were read to him.
This brings the total number of unlawful sexual intercourse allegations which McDougal is now facing to six.
Since McDougal was already out on a Supreme Court bail that was granted to him in March when he was first arraigned on one count of unlawful sexual intercourse, his old bail remains in effect.
McDougal is due back in the #1 Magistrate’s Court on July 5 when disclosure will be given to him, and the following month, August, his preliminary inquiry will commence.
The first alleged sexual encounter with the 14-year-old girl occurred in January 2016. The minor, is alleging that on January 12, she stayed at McDougal’s home and they had sex.
The charges that were read to McDougal this morning are that McDougal had sex with the minor on December 12, 2015, when she was 13 years and 11 months old. He had sex with her again on December 19, 2015, then again on December 28, 2015, when the minor was 14 years and 1 day old.
McDougal allegedly also had sex with the minor on January 8, 2016, and then again on January 11, when the minor was 14 years and two weeks old.