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Adam Ernest Meighan charged with rape Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

adam ernest meighan.jpg - 46.18 KbA 49-year-old woman reported to police that she was raped near the Manatee Lookout establishment in Ladyville on December 2, 2016 and more than two months later police have finally made an arrest. Adam Ernest Meighan, 29, was escorted to the Belize City Magistrates’ Court on Friday, February 10, to face a single charge of rape.

The victim, who is employed as a cook, reported to police that at around 5:20 a.m. on Friday, December 2, she left home and was heading to the junction of the Phillip Goldson Highway and Manatee Lookout when a male person of dark complexion approached her on a bicycle. She was talking on her cellphone when he rode past her and after about 30 yards he stopped and turned back towards her. She decided to cross the road in order to avoid the man. That was when he dropped the bicycle in the middle of the street and she began to run. He set chase with a machete in hand and caught up with her not far from Manatee Lookout. He proceeded to rob her of a black hand bag (valued $35), a Coach pocket book (value $15), $15 in cash and a Samsung cellphone (valued $200). He then dragged her into a nearby bushy area, ordered her to take down her pants and raped her as she complied in fear. After the rape, he threatened to come for her by showing her social security card if she decided to report the matter to police. According to the cook, the entire ordeal lasted eight minutes in the bushy area. She said that after the incident she went to the roadside where a person on motorcycle stopped and took her to the police station where she reported the matter.

On Friday, February 10, Meighan appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. He was read two charges, one count of rape and one count of robbery. He pleaded not guilty to both charges and due to the nature of the offense no bail could be offered. He was ordered to be remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance on May 26, 2017. Disclosure was ordered for that same date.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:32