13 ½ years’ prison sentence “too severe” – “Cross Eye” tells COA over rape, assault on girl, 16
A 36-year-old man, who had raped and assaulted a 16-year-old girl as she walked home from a friend’s birthday party in 2013, is appealing his 13 and a half years prison sentence claiming that it is “too severe.”
In March last, Corwyn Arthur, also known as “Cross Eye,” was found guilty of the offences by Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry following a trial in the Demerara Sexual Offences Court.
The Court had heard that on December 17, 2013, he sexually penetrated the teenager without her consent. The act also led to an assault on the teen, causing her bodily harm.
As such, Arthur, who is currently serving 15 years in jail for fatally stabbing his ex-lover’s husband in 2018, was sentenced to 13 and a half years imprisonment.
The sentence will only take effect after he completes serving the 15-year sentence for manslaughter.
Dissatisfied with the sentence, Arthur, through his lawyer, Dexter Todd, has lodged a Notice of Appeal with the Guyana Court of Appeal.
The convicted killer advanced to the appellant Court that the sentence is “too severe in all circumstances of the cases.”
MTV News Update previously reported that on the day in question, the teen was walking home from a friend’s birthday party when she saw a heavily tinted car driving behind her.
Arthur exited the car and attacked the girl with a knife. She managed to run a short distance before falling onto the roadway.
As a result, the convicted killer dragged the teen into the bushes and attempted to pull off her underwear.
The girl then raised an alarm but was dealt one blow to her head with the knife by Arthur. In fact, he then slashed her on the forehead with the knife and raped her.
After committing the act, he made good his escape but was later arrested and identified by the victim. In 2009, Arthur was acquitted on a rape charge and has similar charges pending against him.
STABBING HIS EX-LOVER’S HUSBAND
Last year, Arthur was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for stabbing his ex-lover in 2018. Initially indicted for murder, the 36-year-old man pleaded guilty to manslaughter, admitting that, on May 10, 2018, he unlawfully killed 40-year-old Claude De Jonge, also known as “Sonno.”