THE Guyana Court of Appeal is today expected to deliver its ruling in the case filed by rape convict Calvin Ramcharran.
The 28-year-old appellant is challenging his conviction and 23 years jail sentence. He is arguing that his conviction cannot stand and therefore the sentence ought to be set aside.
In 2015, a 12-member jury found Ramcharran guilty for the rape and brutal assault that was committed on an adult female at a dance at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, on July 22, 2012.
The first charge stated that on July 22, 2012, in the county of Demerara, Ramcharran engaged in sexual penetration of an adult female without her consent. The second charge is that on the same date, he assaulted the young woman, causing her actual bodily harm.
Trial judge Jo-Ann Barlow at the High Court had sentenced him to serve 23 years for the rape and four years for the assault charge.
The sentences are concurrent.
According to the evidence, Ramcharran was at a dance where the young woman was present with some friends.
The young woman went to urinate and Ramcharran followed her, asking if she was “doing business” and she said no. Although he had heard that, he still assaulted the young woman and raped her.