Child rapist awaits sentencing

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Convicted child rapist Terry Herbert could be jailed for life for having sexual intercourse with a girl who was seven years old at the time of the incident.

On Monday, a jury found the now 55-year-old man guilty of two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with the child and one count of serious indecency on her.

The incidents occurred in December 2010 at his home in Skerritt’s Pasture.

During the trial which started last week, the girl, who is now 11 years old, testified that she and her younger sister visited Herbert’s home frequently to fetch water, as they had no running water at home, where they lived with their mother.

Herbert was well known to the victim’s family as he helped provide for the household.

On December 12, 2010 when the child went to the house without her younger sibling, the then 51-year-old man had sexual intercourse with her and further committed the act of serious indecency on her.

A few days after the first incident, the girl was again sent to the house for water and the middle-aged man had sex with her a second time.

The child told the court that she reported the matter to her mother, who did nothing.

A few weeks later, when school reopened, she told the school counsellor and the police were informed. Herbert was later charged.

The child’s mother also testified at trial. Asked by Crown Counsel Shannon Jones-Gittens why she did not go to the police, she said she did not know.

The convicted man, who was represented by attorney Michael Archibald, denied committing the acts. Medical evidence showed the girl’s hymen was no longer intact.

Following his conviction, Herbert’s was remanded to prison for sentencing on November 21 before Justice Keith Thom.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)

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