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Trial without jury finds two guilty in Orange Walk Supreme Court

One was found guilty of attempted murder, and the other of rape

Two men were found guilty by Justice Herbert Lord at the Northern Session of the Supreme Court in the first trial without jury in that session. They were on trial for attempted murder and raping a mentally challenged woman, respectively.

Sentencing for the men has been deferred until Thursday, May 23.

Kenroy Foreman of Orange Walk Town was found guilty of attempting to murder his girlfriend, Lilian Lorena Hernandez, at a bar in Paraiso, where she is employed. The two became involved in an argument, and police say that Foreman took out a knife and stabbed her in the neck three times. She was rushed to the Orange Walk Hospital, where she was operated on.

The incident occurred around midnight on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.

Foreman was charged with attempted murder in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court, then remanded for trial at the Supreme Court.

The second trial was that of Santiago Coc. He was charged with raping a mentally challenged woman in Chan Pine Ridge in March of 2008.

Police said that Coc raped the woman in February and March 2008, and that at the time he was abusing her, he knew of her mental difficulties.

Coc, however, in his defense, said that the sex was with her consent. However, he was found guilty of the offense. Coc is expected to get a jail sentence between 5 and 10 years.

Both cases were prosecuted by Crown Counsels Shanice Lovell and Sabita Maharaj.

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