Cases of sexual offences against minors are seemingly becoming more prevalent in the territory — the lastest matter before the Magistrate’s Court having to with a mother who reportedly witnessed her 62-year-old Dominican boyfriend indecently assaulting her 14-year-old daughter.
The accused man pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault on a minor when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Monday. His name is not being published to protect the identity of the child.
At the time of the incident, the man was living with the mother and her daughter because his own apartment was damaged by a flood.
The court heard that the victim and the man had a close relationship and so when the mother had to travel abroad briefly, she left her daughter in the care of the offender.
On a date unknown between the first and last day of December 2015, the offender is reported to have entered the child’s bedroom and sexually molested her.
The court was told that the 62-year-old touched the minor on her breasts, he placed his hands under her pyjamas and groped her buttocks. He also inserted a finger into her vagina, despite her pleas for him to stop.
He then reportedly told her to keep the assault a secret.
The second occasion
The court heard that on February 16, 2016, the victim’s mother went to the hospital to undergo a surgical operation and again left her daughter in the care of the carnal Belle Vue resident.
Once more, he entered her bedroom while she was asleep and proceeded to assault her. He repeated the same manner of things that he did to the underaged when he first molested her.
The third occasion
Days later on February 27, the mother had returned from the hospital and was sleeping in the living room. The court heard she felt most comfortable in that room because of her medical condition.
Sometime during the night, she heard the man head to the kitchen as if to prepare a meal. He left the kitchen area sometime afterwards and made his way towards the area leading to her daughter’s bedroom and the bathroom.
The court heard that, after a while, the mother noticed she didn’t hear any running water or sounds of him using the bathroom so she got up and proceeded to search for him. The mother found him in her daughter’s bedroom.
The court heard that she witnessed the man standing over her daughter with an erect penis. He was groping the child.
The mother immediately began shrieking when she saw what was happening.
Startled, the man asked her to be quiet and told her that it wasn’t what it appeared to be. However, her screams alerted the neighbours and the police were subsequently called to the home.
The victim was taken to the hospital for a medical examination and the defendant was arrested and charged.
The matter was adjourned to November 30 for sentencing.
Attorney Ruthilia Maximea represents the accused.
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