(BVI NEWS) – A 42-year-old father was today convicted of molesting his underage daughter.
The St Vincent and The Grenadines native was found guilty when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards inside a de facto courtroom at the House of Assembly building in Road Town.
His name is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.
Reports are that the offender committed the offence more than two years ago when his daughter was under the age of 16.
It is reported that he molested the daughter by inserting his fingers into her vagina.
The indecent sexual encounter happened on more than one occasion, the court heard.
It is said that after participating in an unrelated a sex education class at her school, the daughter told her sibling about the encounter in confidence.
However, the sibling subsequently told their mother who then reported it to police.
The father was then arrested and charged with indecent assault. He has been on remand since December 2015.
Following Magistrate Richards’ guilty verdict, the offender’s attorney asked the court to release him for the time he already served in prison.
“Humbly, we are requesting that no further custodial sentence [be given],” the attorney said, adding that the offender would like to ‘bridge the gap’ between him and his daughter.
“He will not repeat the activities for which he was convicted,” the attorney further told the court today.
Magistrate Richards will make a decision on the matter when she sentences the offender during his next court appearance.
A person convicted of indecent assault at the magistrate level can be slapped with a sentence of up to five years in prison.