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