The trial against Belize City resident John Baptist, accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl, originally from the Corozal District began at the Supreme Court on Monday April 15th. But Baptist’s trial was put on hold on Thursday April 18th 2013, after he failed to return to court. Baptist is accused of abusing the girl several times between 2003 and 2010 when she was six years old.
The victim, who is now a teenager, took the stand and testified that Baptist would abuse her mostly at nights and when it was dark. The teenager relayed that at first Baptist would touch her inappropriately and on other occasions, fondled and performed oral sex on her. She did not report the abuse since Baptist had threatened her with her life.
With all witnesses taking the stand, Baptist, who had secured bail from the Supreme Court after he was arraigned for carnal knowledge and aggravated assault and of an indecent nature, was notified that his trial was coming to an end and his faith now lay on the hands of the jury. With that in mind Baptist did not return to court and is now a fugitive of the law as the judge has issued a warrant for his immediate arrest.
Baptist is described as being of Creole descent, has black eyes, about five feet eight inches in height and has a scar above the right eye. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of John Baptist is asked to contact the nearest police station or call 911.
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