In the Courtroom of the Chief Magistrate this afternoon, a Port Kaituma vendor was charged with allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl.
25-year-old, Stephan Belle stood calmly as the charge was read to him. It was explained to the Court that on the 14th July, the man engaged in the sexual penetration of the young girl at his house.
It is alleged that he convinced the girl to go to his house since they were known to each other. It was there that he allegedly forced himself on the girl and raped her.
After the girl left the house, she complained to a social worker in the community about what had transpired. The Police were called in and the charges laid after an investigation was done.
The accused was not required to enter a plea, but bail was granted in the sum of $350,000 and he will have to return to Court in August for the continuation of the case.
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