Friday, December 15, 2017

Brothers face sentencing for sex with 12-year-old

THREE brothers who were found guilty last week of having sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl will know their fate on June 27, when sentence will be passed by a High Court judge at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain.

Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor was scheduled to sentence Anand “Piggy” Singh and his brothers Ravi and Mohan Tuesday but this did not take place because of applications for a short adjournment by two of their attorneys.

The application was at first met with resistance by the judge who pointed out that sentence should not be delayed as the men had already been convicted and all that needed to be done was for defence attorneys to make their mitigation plea.

The Singh brothers, who live in Chaguanas, were charged with having sex with the girl between August and December 2005. A police report was made on New Year’s Day the following year and the men were arrested.

During yesterday’s hearing defence attorney Joseph Honore told the judge he was seeking leave to be substituted by attorney Daniel Khan. Honore told the court his client, Anand, no longer wished to retain him as his legal counsel.

However, Justice Alexis-Windsor refused the application for Honore to be replaced at this stage of the matter. The judge said the matter had engaged the attention of the court for quite sometime with the jury also already arriving at a guilty verdict. To grant leave the judge said, would further prolong the matter causing unnecessary delay.

Despite this, the matter was adjourned after Honore said he was not fully prepared to make his plea in mitigation. Defence attorney Llewelyn Thompson also requested an adjournment to prepare his mitigation plea.