Bert Vasquez, the 33-year-old male who is being accused of murdering 13-year-old Jasmine Lowe in 2012, has been found guilty by the Supreme Court of forcible abduction and aggravated sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl.
On Monday, July 10th a jury compiled of seven men and two women came to a unanimous guilty verdict for the May 2011 incident.
The female victim who is now 22-years-old was in court and recounted the horrific ordeal.
She testified that Vasquez had approached her and put a gun to her back while near the Pound Yard Bridge in Belize City, and told her to get into the vehicle or he would shoot her to which she did.
According to the testimony, Vasquez then drove up the northern highway where he then proceeded to sexually assault her and even tried to have sex with her.
She said she told Vasquez that she was HIV positive in an attempt to dissuade him from continuing but he hit her several times to the face and head then forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Afterwards he let her go, telling her to run so she did.
She ran to the nearest house where the resident saw the girl battered with her clothes ripped and torn apart.
That resident also provided key testimony which helped seal Vasquez’s conviction.
Vasquez will appear in court next Friday for sentencing after submissions from his attorney Oscar Selgado.
Vasquez, meanwhile, is also pending trial for the 2012 murder of Jasmine Lowe.