Former Guyana police officer jailed for raping 7-y-o

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — A High Court judge Friday sentenced a 37-year-old former police officer to 26 years in jail after he was found guilty of raping a seven-year-old child five years ago.

Justice Jo-ann Barlow imposed the sentence on Clinton Doris, after a jury had found him guilty three weeks ago. The court Friday received the probation report on the former police officer.

In a statement read to the High Court, the victim said that she feels disconnected from the world and does not trust anyone who comes too close to her, including family members.

She also said she remains fearful of the accused and would like him to go to jail for a long period.

The court heard that the former police officer had used sweets on March 27, 2014 to lure the child to his home in the Essequibo region.

Justice Barlow told Doris that she considered the victim’s age and at the same time the accused was a grown man, who had children of his own.

“Imprisonment is the only answer,” Justice Barlow told Doris ordering the father of two to undergo counselling as well.

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