Brothers await jury decision on rape charge

Brothers Jermaine and Austin Stevens are on trial in the Supreme Court on charges of rape and abetment to rape, respectively.

On Tuesday evening a jury of five women and four men were deliberating their fate in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas.

Around 12:30 p.m. on March 20, 2012 on Jane Usher Boulevard, Belize City, according to the testimony of the 18-year-old female complainant, she went to Austin’s home and when she was coming out of the bathroom, both brothers and another “red-skin” stevens3.3.15aman were at the door. They barred her from leaving, saying they would not let her go until she gave them what they wanted. They forced her onto a bed and she alleges that Jermaine Stevens then forced himself on her for intercourse.

In his testimony Jermaine Stevens denied the charge, saying that he was with his brother at his brother’s residence smoking weed and watching television when the complainant arrived, but he left shortly afterward and went over to his own house in the same yard. Austin Stevens also testified and agreed with his brother’s version of events.

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