Andre Stedman, the 56-year-old Trinidadian accused of raping his friend’s stepdaughter roughly two years ago has been found guilty.
Seven of a nine-member jury returned with the guilty verdict before Justice Ann-Marie Smith last Friday.
Stedman has been placed on remand pending his sentencing on April 5.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on the day in question, Stedman met the rape victim’s stepfather at their family home for a social meet-up.
The two men then proceeded to watch sports on television while the young lady remained in her bedroom.
Sometime later that night, the stepfather went to bed while Stedman fell asleep on the couch. The court heard that at some point during the night, the victim exited her bedroom and noticed Stedman sleeping. She subsequently returned to bed.
Later that night, the young woman was awakened by Stedman on top of her. He had penetrated her, the court heard.
The matter was reported to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and Stedman was charged.
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