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Sexual Predator Convicted

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 Bert Vasquez, 33, was convicted late Monday evening on charges of Forcible Abduction and Aggravated Assault of an indecent nature, will be sentenced on Friday, July 21st. A jury of seven men and two women deliberated for two hours before returning the verdict just before 6:30pm. The more serious charge of Forcible Abduction carries a maximum sentence of thirteen years, but the Judge will make that decision following mitigation pleas by Vasquez’s attorney Oscar Selgado. This particular indecent occurred in May 2011. The victim, then 16, claimed that while waiting for a bus at the Pound Yard Bridge Vasquez abducted her at gunpoint and drove her to a deserted location near Vista del Mar where he forced her to perform oral sex on him. She says that Vasquez also beat her brutally with his fist and the gun before giving her back her clothes and telling her to run. That was when she ran away and after being picked up by a good Samaritan, made her report to the Ladyville Police. Prosecutor Sherigne Rodriguez told that media that testimony by the victim was critical to the case, as was her credibility – “since the complainant was the only witness that we had who could say what happened, the evidence presented mainly came from her. She took pictures immediately after the ordeal and those were telling as well as she provided some consistency to her evidence. Shortly after she also reported what had occurred to a friend that was in the neighborhood that she emerged from and that proved that her story is consistent. That neighbor gave a statement that outlined what she saw when the complainant presented herself to her. She saw her very shaken up, trembling, crying, her clothes were torn. She was battered and bruised. So that statement assisted in showing that the virtual complainant is being consistent when she said that she was abducted and beaten and it showed." Vasquez was arrested for an eerily similar offence on a 24-year-old women in January of that year, 2011, but we could not confirm whether that matter is still before the Courts. He is also currently awaiting trial for the murder of Jasmine Lowe, 13, in 2012. At the time of the Lowe murder, at least eleven allegations of common assault were made against Vasquez by females who say he attempted to pick them up in the Cayo Area.
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