Man sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment for rape

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JAILED Colin Thomas

A 50-year-old man, who pleaded guilty to two rape charges, was on Thursday, July 11, 2019, sentenced to serve 23 years’ imprisonment by Justice Simone Morris- Ramlall, at the Georgetown High Court.

Colin Thomas, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, opted to plead guilty to the charges and threw himself to the mercy of the Court.

Thomas admitted that between August 1, 2013, and August 31, 2013, in the county of Essequibo, he engaged in sexual penetration with a six-year-old girl.
He also admitted that between December 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, he raped the child again when she was eight years old.

The matter was prosecuted by State Counsel Tariq Mohammed and Thomas was represented by attorney Maxwell McKay.

On Thursday, the Judge, before passing sentence considered that Thomas raped the victim twice, while she was at a tender age, and also the impact that the commission of the offence had on the victim and her family.

Justice Morris-Ramlall took into mitigation that Thomas pleaded guilty to the two charges to save judicial time and also apologised to the victim.

Thomas was sentenced to serve 20 years on the first charge and 23 years on the second charge, however these will run concurrently.

Thomas will only serve 23-years behind bars with the possibility of parole after serving a minimum of 18 years. The Judge also ordered that Thomas undergo counselling for the first three years of his sentence.