Belize City Senior Citizen Assaulted and Raped in Home; Suspect Remanded

Belize City Senior Citizen Assaulted and Raped in Home; Suspect Remanded

A 60-year-old woman was raped inside her Belize City home last Wednesday, July 3.  The senior citizen was awaken by a noise at her front door at around four in the morning.  She made checks and saw that a man, known to her as Samuel Mark Bernardez, was attempting to enter her home through a window.  She chased him away and thought that he had gone.  She then came out of the house to seek help and that was when she met face to face with Bernardez who then dragged her back to the house and raped her.  According to a report, Police responded to the home and took the victim to the hospital where it was confirmed that she was raped.  Additionally, she bore bruises on her face, hands and thighs.  33-year-old Bernardez, who resides on Antelope Street, was arrested and charged with wounding and rape.  He appeared in court today where he denied the charges and countered that he should not be remanded because he has to go work.  The prosecution argued that the crime of rape has become prevalent and that the safety of the victim must be taken into consideration.  The magistrate agreed and remanded Bernardez to the Belize Central Prison until September 17.  Bernardez has appeared in our news archives as far back as 2014 when he was charged for assaulting two police officers, wounding and possession of marijuana.

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