Dublin sentenced to 8 years for unlawful sex with 11 year old girl
March 1, 2011
Dublin sentenced to 8 years for unlawful sex with 11 year old girl

Vincentian Kemuel Dublin will spend the next eight years of his life in prison for having sex with an 11-year-old girl in 2008.{{more}}

According to a report published by BVIPLATINUM News, Dublin was sentenced to eight years in prison for unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 years old, and 12 months in prison for indecent assault. The sentences will run concurrently and begin from July 21, 2008, when he was placed on remand.

Dublin was convicted last week by a nine-member jury, which found him not guilty of rape, but guilty of the other offences.

The article further stated that Dublin told the court that he was sorry for what he did. He, however, said he did not plead guilty in the first instance, because he never raped the minor, but it was consensual.

According to the article, the judge asked Dublin to have a look at the minor and tell her (the Judge) if she could have consented to having sex back in 2008, when she was at the tender age of 11. The High Court Judge said there were other charges including unlawful sexual intercourse, to which he could have pleaded guilty.

“Don´t get me vex this afternoon…You did not plead guilty to the count of unlawful sexual intercourse…You are responsible for taking away her virginity. What about this child who you have deflowered, what about that,” a visibly upset Justice Charles stated.

Dublin, who asked for leniency, acknowledged that he had betrayed the minor and noted that during his time on remand, he had reflected on the wrong that he had done.

He also apologised to the girl. “I want to say that I betrayed her…and I am sorry for putting her through that, and also to the prosecutors and the jurors for wasting the court’s time…Not that I am making any excuses, but the mother of my first child has cancer and she cannot support the child, and I am humbly asking for leniency, so I can take care of my children in the near future,” he told the court.

The article stated that in handing down her sentence, the judge noted that the victim was very young at the time of the incident; there was a breach of trust as the victim visited Dublin’s home for unconditional love from his baby; the defendant exploited a vulnerable situation and the victim assessment report showed that the minor has suffered psychologically.

The incidents took place in June and between May and July of 2008 in the Valley, Virgin Gorda, where according to the Crown’s case, back in 2008, the complainant would visit Dublin’s home to play and keep his baby, since she also knew Dublin´s girlfriend.