A No 30 Village West Coast Berbice man will have to spend the next five years in jail after he was found guilty on a charge of sexual activity with a child.
The man, Kemton Samuels, 57, who told the court that he was a miner, is accused of having sexual activity of a child under 12 years old on March 14, 2018. He appeared before Magistrate Rhondell Weaver in the Fort Wellington Magistrate Court where he was found guilty.
He was represented by attorney at law Horatio Edmonson. Woman Police Corporal Racquel Mars appeared for the state.
According to facts of the case the man and the child are known to each other. The man’s yard is one people would use to get further in the village. On the day in question the child was sent on an errand when the man first made sexual advances towards her. On her way back home he succeeded in grabbing and fondling her.
He covered her mouth, squeezed her neck and forced her into a compromising position. However, his efforts to have sex with her failed as she managed to escape.
As she was escaping he offered her a sum of money which she refused. She ran and told her guardian what took place. The matter was reported and the man was arrested and charged. His attorney, Edmonson, in a plea of mitigation asked for a nonsense custodian sentence. Magistrate Weaver however said the court has to send a strong message, take into consideration the age of the defendant and the victim.
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