Crime

Court convicts man, 55, of carnal knowledge of girl, 14

Winston “Manan” Dennison, 55, a Belize City woodcarver charged with three counts of carnal knowledge, was found guilty on Monday, December 17, in the Supreme Court of Justice John Gonzalez.
The jury of five men and four women deliberated for three hours and twenty minutes, before returning with an unanimous verdict of guilty on all three indictments.
Justice Gonzalez has set Friday, December 21, as the day of sentencing, after he hears mitigation pleas on Dennison’s behalf.
Dennison was out of prison on parole, when he allegedly had relations with a 14-year-old girl.
The girl, three months shy of 15 at the time, testified that she was lying on a bed in Dennison’s home, when he began to plead with her, telling her that he was in love with her.
She told the court that she eventually agreed to sleep with him.
The second encounter was on August 22, 2010. The girl said Dennison approached her with words of endearment. He told her that she was the only girl for him. Again she yielded to his entreaties.
On August 24, 2010, the same thing happened, the girl’s testimony affirmed.
Six witnesses testified during the trial, including Dr. Maurico Navarette, who examined the girl and confirmed that she had been carnally known.
Dennison did not have a lawyer. He made an unsworn statement from the dock to say that he never touched the girl.
Dennison had previously served ten-years of a 25-year sentence on a manslaughter conviction.
He had been accused of murder, but was convicted of manslaughter.

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