Corentyne labourer gets life sentence for raping three-year-old

Yoganand Ramnarine

Justice Jo Ann Barlow on Monday imposed a life sentence on Yoganand Ramnarine who raped a three-year-old girl, who had been entrusted, by her mother, into his family’s care.

The prisoner wept as the  sentence was passed on him at the Berbice Assizes on Monday afternoon.

Moments earlier, the mother of the victim, in response to questions by the judge, said that her now five-year-old daughter cannot recall the ordeal and is living a normal life.

Before sentence was imposed , Ramnarine said he was 22 years old, and was innocent of the offence.

Yoganand Ramnarine

But, imposing the sentence , the judge, reminded the prisoner of portions of the evidence which had revealed that the three-year-old child was entrusted to his family, while her mother went to face a bereavement in hers.

“The child was trembling and crying , when she was seen. Such a traumatic experience. I cannot condone … The court is the society’s voice, and it is sending a strong message to would-be offenders.

“You will not be eligible for parole until you would have served 25 years of the sentence. You are to display to society that you have been changed.

“It is the order of this court, that the prison establishment provide facilities for counselling, so you can be relieved of whatever ills you may have in you.

“Further, from your manner of speaking, you are not illiterate. It is the order of this court that you must be exposed to learning facilities, so if you are released, you can make a meaningful contribution to the society.”

The particulars of the offence stated that on April 17, 2015, at Number 60 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, he engaged in sexual penetration of a girl under 16 years old.

The case was heard in-camera.

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