PRESS RELEASE – On Wednesday 30th September 2015, George Jn Baptiste of Maynard Hill, Castries was sentenced at the High Court of Justice by the Honourable Justice Francis Cumberbatch to 20 years imprisonment for the offence of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor female aged seven (7) years; seven (7) years imprisonment for the offence of Gross Indecency with a minor female aged ten (10) years and five (5) years imprisonment each on two counts of Unlawful Sexual Connection with minor females aged seven (7) years and eleven (11) years respectfully.
The incident occurred on Friday 5th August 2011 about 4:00 p.m. at Maynard Hill in the quarter of Castries and involved three minor children.
On the said date, one of the children who had been left in the care of her grandmother went to the home of the defendant to play with the other two girls after lunch.
The defendant who is a relative of one of the girls arrived shortly afterwards. He asked the children if they wanted ice-cream and they replied ‘yes’. The defendant gave money to one of the girls who went to purchase the ice-cream.
When she returned with the ice-cream the defendant asked all three children to come with him and he took them to some nearby bushes.
Whilst in the bushes the defendant performed oral sex on two of the girls. He also asked two of them to sit on his penis which they did during which his penis entered the vagina of one of the girls.
The defendant was therefore indicted by the Director of Public Prosecutions on one count of Sexual Intercourse with a Minor, contrary to Section 126 (1) of the Criminal Code of Saint Lucia 2004; two counts of Unlawful Sexual Connection, contrary to Section 124 (1) of the Criminal Code of Saint Lucia 2004 and one count of Gross Indecency, contrary to Section 132 (1) of the Criminal Code of Saint Lucia 2004.
He pleaded ‘guilty’ to two counts of Unlawful Sexual Connection and not guilty on the counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor and Gross Indecency.
After a trial by jury he was convicted on the counts for which he pleaded ‘not guilty’.
His sentences will run concurrently and deductions will be made for time spent on remand.