Former Police Officer Sentenced to Prison for Assaulting Teen Girl in Corozal

Former Police Officer Sentenced to Prison for Assaulting Teen Girl in Corozal

A former Police Officer is remanded to prison for allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old girl by grabbing her butt. The officer, who is on interdiction, is from Santa Clara Village Corozal District, and has been identified as 27-year-old Melvin Canul.  Canul appeared unrepresented before Chief Magistrate Jayani Wegodapola today for sentencing.  The charge stems from a report made in September 2023 by a teenage girl who says that while she was at the Police Booth returning a Belizean flag (that she had borrowed from a cadet instructor), Canul passed by and squeezed her left buttocks. During an arraignment on September 13, Canul pleaded guilty to the allegations. Today, he asked the Magistrate to consider his family when deciding on his sentencing. Well tonight, he is spending his first night in jail after being sentenced to two years imprisonment.

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