Wednesday, February 21, 2018

He raped a mentally challenged child, she became pregnant

...to be sentenced for three attacks


RAGOONANAN NARINE who was found guilty of two charges of grievous sexual assault against a mentally challenged child, has also pleaded guilty to raping her.

The girl became pregnant following the 2013 assault.

Narine, 53, remains in prison until he is sentenced by Justice Hayden St Clair Douglas before the San Fernando Second Criminal Court on February 7.

Last October, a jury found Narine, a market vendor, guilty of two offences of grievous sexual assault against the girl who was then around nine-years-old. These occurred on unknown dates between 2005 and 2007 while the girl was at his home.

Before sentence was passed, Narine said he would plead guilty to a 2013 case of rape.

State attorney Sabrina Dougdeen-Jaglal told the court on Friday that in 2013, following an argument at her home, the victim, who was between the age of 15 and 16 years, stayed with her sister for a few days before going to Narine's house. He raped her on a day unknown between August and September. Before the act, the girl took a towel and tied it over her eyes. The girl returned home in October 2013.

Her mother took her to the police station where a report was made to constable Woods.

In December of 2013, the officer took the victim and her mother to a medical health facility where the girl was mentally examined. It was then it was discovered that she was 16 weeks pregnant.

In the 2007 matter, the girl was removed from her mother's home without her mother's agreement. When she returned to her mother's house, she was taken to the police station where a report was made to officer Jalim. Narine was charged with two offences of grievous sexual assault.

Dougdeen-Jaglal said the victim was “not a normal, healthy and mentally well person.” She also said she was a child with mental challenges.

In referring to the aggravating factors concerning the cases of grievous sexual assault, Dougdeen-Jaglal said the matter went to full trial and during the court hearing it was revealed that it was not the first time such a situation had occurred between Narine and a female.

With reference to the 2013 incident, she said the victim became pregnant.

Dougdeen-Jaglal told the court that while there was no force or violence used during the 2013 incident, she asked that the court consider the history involved in the case. She said it is not unknown for those who are victims of prior sexual offences to become conditioned and do not to resist other encounters. She reminded the court that the girl was sexual offended in the past.

The prosecutor also said the 2013 offence was committed while Narine faced a 2007 allegation.

She said sentences are more severe when people commit such offences against minors.

In speaking on his client's behalf, defence attorney Ramesh Deena said Narine had childhood experiences that influenced his behaviour. He gave the length of time Narine had spent in custody following his arrest. This, he said, included the time Narine waited to access his bail.

Both prosecution and defence is to address the court on the issue of consecutive sentencing as there are more than one matter involved.

The cases will be called next on February 7.

State attorney Anslem Leander appeared along with Dougdeen-Jaglal during the case.