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FATHER, 31, SENTENCED 21 YEARS FOR SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH HIS 6-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER

Justice Brian Cottle has issued a reminder that the Court has a duty to protect the nation’s children from predators, and would-be predators.

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And to this effect, he sent a strong message at a High Court sentencing hearing last week Wednesday, when he sentenced a 31-year-old man to a total of 21 years and 3 months on two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with his daughter. 

The sentence was computed as follows: 16 years and 3 months on the first count, and 5 years on the second count. Those sentences will run consecutively. 

He was also sentenced to 3 years and 4 months for indecently assaulting the same girl, but this sentence will run concurrently with the sentence he received for the first count. 

The girl, who is now 13, was between 6 and 7 years old when the sexual molestation began. 

Justice Cottle had taken into account the one year and nine months the accused had spent on remand, in arriving at the sentence for the man who was unrepresented.

He had pleaded guilty to the charges at the Criminal Assizes last December, but sentencing was adjourned.

The facts revealed that in December 2018 for example, the man took his daughter to various locations and had sex with her.  He used both his penis and finger in the child’s vagina.

She reported the matter to someone close to her, and when her father was confronted by that person, he said the victim was lying. 

He was later arrested and when interviewed, he said he was intoxicated and admitting to rubbing penis on the victim as a joke.

He told the court on Wednesday, he was not in his right frame of mind, and asked for a suspended sentence.

Justice Cottle noted the prevalence of such offences in the society, and described this case as very troubling.

It was revealed that the man had previous convictions for matters of a sexual nature.

Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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