Justice Jo Ann Barlow on Monday imposed a life sentence on Yoganand Ramnarine who raped a three year old girl, who was 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, her now five-year- old daughter cannot recall the ordeal and is now living a normal life.
Before sentence was imposed , Ramnarine said he was twenty two years old, and was innocent of the offence.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 the family.
“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 twenty five 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 counseling, 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 on, April 17, 2015, at Number 60 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, he engaged in sexual penetration, with a girl under sixteen years old.
The case was heard in camera.