Man gets life sen­tence for rape of girl, 3

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Deon Aaron, who was con­victed two weeks ago for sex­u­ally pen­e­trat­ing a three-year-old girl, was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment.

Aaron, 53, was unan­i­mously found guilty on Oc­to­ber 24th by a 12-mem­ber mixed jury for the rape of a child un­der the age of 16, be­tween March 1st and Oc­to­ber 20th, 2016.

Po­lice say the man used his fin­gers to rape the vic­tim.

At his sen­tenc­ing yes­ter­day, Aaron sat in the pris­oner’s dock, flanked by fam­ily mem­bers who squeezed their way into the few benches in the court­room of Jus­tice Jo-Ann Bar­low at the Sex­ual Of­fences Court.

Prior to sen­tenc­ing Aaron, the court heard a pro­ba­tion re­port and a vic­tim im­pact state­ment.

Pro­ba­tion Of­fi­cer Suella No­ble pre­sented to the court a seven-page re­port that out­lined in de­tail the life lived by the de­fen­dant.

The re­port in­di­cated that the de­fen­dant main­tained his in­no­cence and that he be­lieved that the charge was made against him as an act of vengeance.

No­ble in­di­cated that she would have vis­ited sev­eral of the homes and ar­eas where the de­fen­dant resided and these along with in­ter­views of his friends and fam­ily re­vealed that he was seen as dis­ci­plined. The re­port fur­ther said rel­a­tives and the stepchil­dren of Aaron were as­ton­ished at the con­vic­tion, while his for­mer neigh­bours at Her­stelling were of the view that the of­fence was out of char­ac­ter for him.

The re­port in­di­cated that Aaron worked in sev­eral fields and served as a mem­ber of the Guyana Po­lice Force for five years, a fire­fighter, and a guard for three rep­utable com­pa­nies. The court heard that Aaron was dis­missed as a fire­fighter for his ne­glect of duty and his im­proper be­hav­iour with his su­per­vi­sor.

Sub­se­quent to the read­ing of the pro­ba­tion re­port, Jus­tice Bar­low drew it to the pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer’s at­ten­tion that of the seven pages in the re­port, five were ded­i­cated to the de­fen­dant. The judge called the re­port un­bal­anced, while not­ing that it did not in­di­cate the com­plainant’s feel­ings about the sit­u­a­tion.

The court then heard from Re­nasha Gar­nette-Cal­len­der, a coun­sel­lor at Blos­som Inc., who pre­sented the vic­tim im­pact state­ment.

“He’s a bad man and I don’t like him any­more,” Cal­len­der quoted the young girl as writ­ing. “[He] hurt me and make me cry and God would sin him for what he did to me.”

In a plea of mit­i­ga­tion, Maxwell McKay, who stood in the place of ab­sent de­fence at­tor­ney Madan Kis­soon, told the court that he adopted the pro­ba­tion re­port in its en­tirety. He said that per­sons would have left their chil­dren in the de­fen­dant’s care with­out any harm.

Sub­se­quently, the de­fen­dant was asked if he wished to say any­thing to the court. Aaron then stated, “I’m in­no­cent of this.”

The Judge told Aaron that the court took note of the child, who was three when the in­ci­dent oc­curred and five when she tes­ti­fied, and could only imag­ine her state as a three-year-old. Aaron was told that he held a po­si­tion of trust, and breached that trust.

Aaron was sub­se­quently sen­tenced to life in prison and he was told he would not be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role un­til he com­pletes 20 years.

Jus­tice Bar­low also or­dered that the con­vict be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in any pro­gramme of­fered for con­victed sex­ual of­fend­ers in prison.

The state was rep­re­sented by at­tor­ney Abigail Gibbs in as­so­ci­a­tion with Tiffini Lyken and Seeta Bishun­dial.

Deon Aaron

Deon Aaron

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