Marshall commends weak sentence of father raping daughter

Marshall’s twisted logic to laud the weak sentencing of a man found guilty of raping his 11-year-old daughter is emblematic of the many problems on the crime front we face in the Caribbean. The Observer summarises Marshall’s point like this: “the judge who is faced with passing the sentence has to make their determination based on the evidence that has been presented.” I thought that’s how guilt was determined. The sentencing (I thought) is based on whether or not the accused is found guilty of the crime. For someone to be sentenced 18 years for not only raping an 11-year-old girl, but an 11-year-old girl that is his daughter, is flat out unjust. What are the “circumstances” in such a case, that could mitigate the sentencing from death (which is what this man deserves), to 18 years in prison?

Is it any wonder, with as little morals as we and our leaders have, that the Caribbean is currently racked with crime and poverty? That we can justify and praise the 18-year sentencing of a man found guilty of raping repeatedly, his 11-year-old daughter. Total insanity!

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Noted attorney Wayne Marshall is applauding the local court system for the sentence that was imposed on a father last week for raping his 11-year-old daughter.

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Attorney Wayne Marshall said, based on his understanding of the case, the sentence is in keeping with what has occurred in other jurisdictions.

“It is a determination that only the court can make, armed with the information before it, and I think that it’s for us in society to give some credit to the court and the justice system that it is well capable of addressing and punishing and providing a mechanism to right the wrongs that have been done to the victims,” he said.

There was public outrage last week when Justice Stanley John sentenced the perpetrator to 18 years in prison for each of the three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. However, the sentences will be served concurrently, meaning at the same time.

Residents expressed shock and disbelief and called for the sentence to be increased to life in prison and, in some cases, the death penalty.

Marsh, who also acknowledged the public’s dissatisfaction with the punishment, said the judge who is faced with passing the sentence has to make their determination based on the evidence that has been presented.

“He would have to know the circumstances of the court, the individuals themselves, the effect that it had on the victim and thereafter give a sentence that really seeks to punish the convict for his crime as well as providing some sort of justice for the victim,” he said.

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Meanwhile, a psychologist has welcomed the successful prosecution of the case.

Court commended for sentence given to father convicted of raping young daughter  Antigua Observer

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