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Six years in jail for dad of 4

'...paedophile of desperate nature'

By Jensen LaVende jensen.lavende@trinidadexpress.com  

A Santa Cruz man, labelled by a High Court judge as a "paedophile of a desperate nature", was sentenced to six years with hard labour yesterday on two charges of indecent assault on an 11-year-old female relative.

The 51-year-old tailor, of Saddle Road, was charged with the offences which occurred on October 12, 1996 and January 9, 1997 at their Diego Martin home.

The father or four was arrested on January 11, 1997 after the child told her mother of the incidents.

In the first instance, the girl was inappropriately touched by the man while she went for a drink of water in the family's kitchen.

He stopped when the child's mother came in.

The second incident occurred while the child was asleep and the child's mother was out.

In passing sentence, Justice Andre Mon Desir told the man he could never imagine how a grown man could look at a child and find them sexually arousing.

"You knew what you were doing was wrong and still proceeded...you chose to put her through this trial and callously watched as she broke down in tears...the court has a duty to protect children from people like you. Your conduct is inexcusable," Mon Desir told the man, who was defended by Richard Mason.

Mon Desir considered the psychological trauma of the victim—who testified she had forgiven her attacker—the embarrassment and stress she en- dured, as well as the exploitation of the victim, before imposing sentence.

State attorney Randall Hector prosecuted.

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