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Electrician found guilty of rape of American tourist

by Roy Davis (freelance reporter)

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Apr. 3, 2023

The verdict was “guilty of rape,” for John Cus, 42, an electrician and air conditioning technician of San Pedro Town, when he appeared before Justice Antoinette Moore on Friday, March 31.

Cus will be sentenced on April 17.

He was convicted of having sexual intercourse with an American woman against her will at about 4:00 a.m. on February 9, 2018. The woman, who was 25 at the time, testified virtually that she and another American woman were vacationing in San Pedro Town when she met Cus, the boyfriend of another friend of hers who had invited her to Belize. She said she and her friend retired to their respective rooms at the house where Cus was staying, after they had spent the day sightseeing on the island with Cus as their guide. She testified that she awoke and found Cus on her bed and he forced her to have sex with him.

Cus, in his testimony during the trial, denied that he committed the offence. He said that he and his girlfriend, who was out of the country at the time, were ending their relationship, and that it was his girlfriend who persuaded the woman to concoct the rape story.

The trial, which was without a jury, began on March 13.

Cus was represented by the law firm of Musa and Balderamos.