– Judge describes incident as “outrageous, abominable”
There is a possibility that he may depart from this world never to see the light of day again.
Fifty-year-old Milton Kewley might be released from jail when he is 95, after he was handed a life sentence with possibility of parole after 45 years.
On Monday, a 12-member mixed jury convicted the Universal Church of God member and suicide counsellor of rape.
On August 12, 2013 in the County of Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration of a 13-year-old boy.
According to information, Kewley was a relative of the child who is now 18. Information gathered revealed that Kewley took advantage of the child who was left in his care. At the announcement of the verdict, Kewley who stood in the prisoner’s dock appeared astonished.
However, despite his conviction, Kewley has maintained his innocence. He had told the court on Monday, “I am innocent. The evidence and medical are there that I am innocent. This whole thing is a fabrication. I think the jury has made a mistake. In life, we all make mistakes and some mistakes we have to live with them.”
The convicted rapist continued, “I would never have sex with any male. I am not attracted to any male. God is my witness.” According to him, the child’s mother fabricated the story since she has been always out to get him.
During a plea of mitigation, Attorney-at-law Maxwell McKay told the court that his client is a father of three and a member of the Universal Church of God. The lawyer also told the court that his client is a suicide counsellor.
In response, State Prosecutor Lisa Cave urged the court to not only consider the prevalence and serious nature of the offence, but the fact that the teenage boy was left in the care of Kewley, someone whom he trusted.
Describing the incident as “outrageous and abominable”, trial Judge Priya Sewnarine-Beharry took into consideration the mental and psychological scars that the act has left on the child before passing sentence.
The Judge also took into consideration the nature and prevalence of the offence and the aggravating factors.
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