By Anita Nembhard
Free Lance Reporter
A 42-year-old man who police claim was caught fondling the home owner during a burglary, is behind bars after he was denied bail.
Lincoln Flowers, a resident of Cadle Street in Belize City, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith where he was charged with two criminal offenses – one count of sexual assault upon a 41-year-old woman and one count of burglary with intent to rape.
In court, Flowers was unrepresented and there were heavy objections to bail by court prosecutor, Inspector Egbert Castillo, who presented several grounds why Flowers should not be granted bail.
It is alleged that on June 20, 2015 a 41-year-old woman was at home and asleep in bed with her common-law husband, when she was awakened by someone caressing her body. When she awoke, she noticed it was Flowers, someone known to the family. A struggle ensued and awoke her husband. The husband then pursued Flowers and held him prisoner until the police arrived at his home.
Castillo asked the court to consider the serious nature of the offense and Flowers’ intent to burglarize the home. He also noted that Flowers knows where the victim and her husband live and if he is granted bail, may want to return to the house to interfere with the victim.
On his own behalf, Flowers said that the entire story was fabricated against him and that he is no flight risk.
He begged the court to grant him bail but the Chief Magistrate denied the request. She promised that she would provide him with a quick trial.
The date for disclosures is set for November 16, 2015 and the trial date set for December 1, 2015.