A twenty-year-old man from Grand Anse in St George’s was sentenced to sixteen years behind bars on Monday, some six years after he admitted to sexually assaulting a mentally challenged young man from the same village on two occasions one of which was on a school compound.
Senior High Court Judge Paula Gilford handed down the sentence on the accused man; Hasron Douglas following a sentencing hearing at the #2 Supreme Court. He was merely fourteen and sixteen at the time of the offences while his victim was ten and twelve years respectively.
Douglas who was represented by defence counsel George Prime was charged with rape and unnatural carnal knowledge. Both charges carried a maximum forty-five years in prison.
According to the evidence, the first incident took place in a house in the south of the island. The victim, a mentally challenged male was ten at the time when he was raped by Douglas, while the second incident took place two years later in the toilet of a school in the same area. The matter was subsequently reported to the child’s parents and Douglas was arrested and charged after the police got involved in the matter.
During the sentencing hearing on Monday, defence counsel asked the court to be lenient with the sentencing since his client is one that is in need of help.