Alberto Ical acquitted of rape

Alberto Ical saw his conviction of 15 and 10 years for rape and robbery set aside today. On March 23, 2016, in the Belmopan Supreme Court, Ical was convicted and sentenced to 15 years for rape and 10 years for robbery before Justice Antoinette Moore. Today at his appeal, his attorney, Anthony Sylvester, argued his case and was successful in winning his appeal. One of the three grounds of appeal by Sylvester was that the judge erred in law when he interjected and stopped Ical from cross examining the victim regarding a photograph she said she had seen of the accused at the police station. In the trial, the woman testified that she was walking in the market square area when she was held up at gun point by Ical. The woman said Ical ordered her to get naked and fearing for her life, she complied with her attacker and took off her clothes.He then raped her and robbed her of a silver ring and $250.00 in cash. In the trial, the victim had told the court she had seen a picture of her accused rapist while she was at the police station. Today, the judges of the Court of Appeal were of the view that the judge ought not to have stopped the accused from cross examining the victim in that line of questioning because it was crucial to his defense. With that said, Alberto Ical’s conviction was quashed and his 15 and 10 years sentences were set aside and instead, a retrial has been ordered. However, Ical is still an inmate of the Belize Central Prison because he has two other rape convictions for which he was sentenced to 10 years and 15 years. Ical’s earliest date of release from those other convictions for rape is set for 2028.vlcsnap-2017-06-13-10h18m53s233

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