Man, 54, sentenced to 10 years' jail for raping 12-year-old girl

Eleven years af­ter he was ac­cused of rap­ing a child, a URP work­er has been sen­tenced to ten years in jail.

Kelvin Dun­can, 54, was sent to jail by Jus­tice Lisa Ram­sumair-Hinds in the San Fer­nan­do Third Crim­i­nal Court al­most a month af­ter he was found guilty by a nine-mem­ber ju­ry.

Dun­can de­nied that he raped the 12-year-old girl. He was accused of the crime when he was 43 years old.

In the mat­ter pros­e­cut­ed by at­tor­ney Sta­cy Laloo-Chong, it was al­leged the child was raped on a date un­known be­tween Jan­u­ary and April 2007.

The child`s moth­er and sib­ling had gone to the shop, leav­ing her at home, when the man raped her in a bed­room.

The po­lice were con­tact­ed when the girl, then a Stan­dard Four pupil, told some­one what had hap­pened. In pass­ing sen­tence, the judge said the vic­tim, who gave ev­i­dence in the tri­al, had to speak about some­thing that tore her fam­i­ly apart.

The judge said she was not sure if he un­der­stood the suf­fer­ing the vic­tim con­tin­ues to en­dure. Not­ing that there were no mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors, the judge said the seizures, which Dun­can has been suf­fer­ing from child­hood, was not de­bil­i­tat­ing and could be treat­ed at the prison. She said the in­ci­dent took place 11 years ago and at the time he was a par­ent and sup­posed to have rea­son­ing. Dun­can has over 20 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in­clud­ing nar­cot­ic-re­lat­ed of­fences, arms and am­mu­ni­tion and rob­bery.

The judge start­ed the sen­tence at 12 years, but de­duct­ed the 718 days he spent in prison await­ing tri­al which amount­ed to rough­ly two years. The max­i­mum sen­tence for rape is life im­pris­on­ment.

Dun­can was rep­re­sent­ed by at­tor­ney Sub­has Pan­day in­struct­ed by at­tor­ney Aleena Ram­jag.

- by Sascha Wilson

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