St. John’s Antigua- Simon “Mr Fix It” Davis faces life in prison following his conviction in the High Court for one count of buggery of a mentally underdeveloped teenaged girl.
The 48 year old was also found guilty of eight counts of sexual intercourse with the girl who was under the age of consent (16) and that indictment carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.
On Tuesday, a 12-member jury arrived at a unanimous decision on all the counts and Davis, who was on remand since his arrest in November 2010, was further remanded to prison until his sentencing on July 19.
Justice Keith Thom, who presided over the trial, ordered the Probation Department to prepare a social enquiry report on Davis to assist the court in sentencing.
While he pleaded not guilty to the charges, the man testified he had sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old girl multiple times.
His defence was that the girl, who was attending a special needs primary school, pursued him and told him she was 17 and a half.
Davis, a mechanic by profession, who admitted to being illiterate, said he developed love for his victim and he was waiting for her to complete school to invite her to live with him.
The offender, who was a close friend of the victim’s family, was initially indicted on four counts of statutory rape. However, after he testified about other incidents for which he had not been charged, Crown Counsel Adlai Smith successfully applied to the court to broaden the dates the acts were committed so it would include four additional counts.
Davis’ lawyer, Sherfield Bowen, objected to the application, citing it was an ambush on his client, but the court disagreed.
The evidence revealed the man offered the child a ride to school on one occasion when he met her waiting for public transportation.
Before taking her to her destination, he pulled off the road in a bushy area where they had intercourse.
On another occasion the act was executed inside her home when her mother and siblings were out. Once he was done, Davis told the child not to tell anyone.
There were several other sexual encounters including at Davis’ home, his workplace and again in his car near his workplace.
It was two months after the crimes were committed that the child talked about the incident with a relative.
A medical expert with a Bachelor of Education in Special Needs and a certificate in Dyslexia, testified the child “had the literacy level of a six year old” and while “she was not retarded she was very naïve, very simple and easily led.”
Davis, who is a citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica, is a father of three.