From the Courts
February 12, 2010
Judge cautions teenager to stay away from young girls

Mike Adams got the warning of his life earlier this week.

Resident High Court judge, Justice Frederick Bruce Lyle on Tuesday told the 18-year-old to “Stay away from young girls” after Adams pleaded guilty to three counts of having sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.{{more}}

Adams was spared a custodial sentence and was placed on a $5,000 bond for five years or an alternative of five years imprisonment. He was also slapped with a 7 pm to 5 am curfew for one year.

On Monday, the day before he passed sentence, the judge remanded Adams to Her Majesty’s Prison for one day.

“You are a very lucky young man. It is because of your age I am not going to send you to prison,” Bruce-Lyle commented.

Even before his sentence was passed, the look on Adams’ face told a story and the constant rubbing of his hands was evidence that Adams knew he was in hot water.

“You betrayed her trust and you thief a chance, three times,” Bruce-Lyle stated.

The events took place on June 29, 2008, July 1, 2008 and July 28, 2008.

The facts read out in court indicated that the girl was 12 years old at the time and that the Adams used to frequent her home. At About 9 pm on June 29, the girl was at home with family members when Adams came over to her house. The girl went to her bedroom and Adams, who already had a condom on his penis, took off his clothes and had sex with the girl for about 10 minutes.

On July 1, Adams went back to the girl’s home and then had sex with her again in her bedroom. On the third occasion, the girl was at home watching television when Adams came to the house around 10pm. He covered her mouth with a diaper, placed his mouth on her breasts and had sex with her.

The young girl finally told a family member and the matter was reported to the police.

Counsel for Adams, Arthur Williams, told the judge that his client had just left school and was just “trying to experiment”. This statement generated a swarm of whispers across the packed courtroom and among the jurors.

Williams opined that justice would be served if Adams were to serve a suspended sentence.(KW)