For­mer cop ad­mits to child rape

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - Source: An­tigua Ob­server

Wayne Wor­rell, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer of seven years, who was charged for hav­ing sex with a 13-year-old girl, threw in the towel yes­ter­day morn­ing in the High Court when the in­dict­ment was read to him, mo­ments be­fore a trial was set to be­gin.

The 29 year old, who was still a serv­ing mem­ber of the Royal Po­lice Force of An­tigua & Bar­buda at the time of the un­law­ful car­nal knowl­edge of the girl, was re­manded to prison for sen­tenc­ing on Novem­ber 18.

The facts of the case were not dis­closed dur­ing the hear­ing be­fore Jus­tice Darshan Ramd­hani.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice press state­ment on Wed­nes­day this week, the in­ci­dent oc­curred in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

The crime was re­ported to po­lice and the Sex­ual Of­fences Unit led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion which cul­mi­nated in the in­dict­ment against Wor­rell.

A So­cial In­quiry Re­port, pre­pared by the Pro­ba­tion De­part­ment, has been re­quested to help guide the court in sen­tenc­ing the con­victed man who could be jailed for a max­i­mum of life in prison un­der the Sex­ual Of­fences Act.

Un­der the Act, a per­son un­der the age of 16 years can­not give con­sent for sex and the vic­tim’s name can­not be dis­closed nor any in­for­ma­tion that could re­veal their iden­tity.

Though he took an oath to pro­tect and serve, his con­victed crimes could see him jailed for a max­i­mum of life in prison.

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