City Man Acquitted of Preparing to Commit Crime

vlcsnap-2014-06-05-19h57m50s160Supreme Court Justice Troadio Gonzalez today ordered Rayford Benguche to be acquitted by a jury of nine on a charge of preparation to commit a crime, specifically forgery.

He is accused of being in possession of various tools, specifically a rubber stamp, laminating machine, laminating plastic, and a driver’s license card in the name of one Henry Velasquez.

Five witnesses were called and Judge Gonzalez declined to uphold a submission of no case to answer by Benguche’s attorney, Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson.

But Benguche won his freedom with a statement from the dock in which he explained that Velasquez was his roommate at a residence on Neal’s Pen Road, and when police came calling on April 3, 2011, Velasquez had just gone out to celebrate a big Boledo win and left him behind with the drivers’ license.

He uses the other material, he said, in his work as a draftsman and automotive dealer.  Justice Gonzalez decided that there was insufficient evidence to send the case to the jury and directed a verdict of acquittal, leaving Benguche free to go.

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