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Paraplegic, brothers jailed for raping girl

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

Port of Spain

A PARAPLEGIC man and his two brothers were yesterday each sentenced to ten-year prison terms by a High Court judge after being found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl and committing the act of grievous sexual assault against her.
The sentences were handed down
by Justice Althea Alexis-Wind­sor at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain after the guilty verdicts were arrived at by a nine-member jury on June 3.
On each of the two counts of having sexual intercourse with the girl, Mohan and Anand Singh were sentenced to ten-year prison terms, with Mohan being sentenced to an additional eight years on a charge of grievous sexual assault.
Ravi “Piggy” Singh was also sentenced to ten years in prison on one count of having sex with the girl and also another eight years for grievous sexual assault.
The sentences will run concurrently, meaning the brothers will each serve only ten years from their date of conviction.
The State’s case as it relates to Ravi Singh, who became confined to a wheelchair in 2006 following
a freak accident, approached the girl
on a night in August 2005 and asked her to perform oral sex on him. The girl refused but later agreed to carry out the act after he threatened her.
On another day in August 2005, he went into the girl’s home while her parents were away and had intercourse with her.
As it relates to Anand Singh, the State argued that in December 2005, he had intercourse with the girl and also forced her to perform oral sex on him.
With regard to Mohan Singh, the prosecution said he stripped her of her virginity in March 2005 and again had sexual intercourse with her in December the same year.
On January 1, 2006, a report was made at the Chaguanas Police Station and the arrests were made three days later.
During his mitigation plea in June, defence attorney Llewellyn Thompson said if a custodial sentence was imposed on Ravi Singh, it would be the equivalent to him being given the death sentence, based on his medical condition.
However, Justice Alexis-Windsor,
in her ruling, said the court took into consideration medical reports from the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex and Prisons medical officer Dr Kenneth Chai-Hong before arriving at its decision.
“The court is satisfied that the prisons authority is well capable of adequately providing all the care that Ravi Singh needs. Therefore, the court finds that the medical condition of Ravi Singh does not consti­tute an exceptional circumstance pre­cluding the imposition of a custodial sentence,” said the judge.
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