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Court affirms conviction, sentence of man who raped 8-year-old

Micah Williams

Finding no merit in his appeal, the Court of Appeal on Monday affirmed the conviction and life sentences imposed on Micah Williams for penetrating an 8-year-old girl both vaginally and anally between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

On April 24, 2018, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow, who presided over the case at the High Court, handed Williams two life sentences – one for each offence committed and ordered that they run concurrently.

Through his lawyers, Nigel Hughes and Ronald Daniels, the convict moved to the Court of Appeal, arguing that the trial Judge did not somewhat put his defence to the jury.

Daniels contended that his client was not the one who had abused the girl while explaining that the child was “guided” to implicate his client to cover up for a 14-year-old boy.

The appeal was heard by Chancellor of the Judiciary Yonette Cummings-Edwards, and Justices of Appeal Dawn Gregory, and Rishi Persaud.

In handing down the Court’s ruling, Justice Cummings-Edwards said that the trial judge did not erred in law in her sentencing.

Moreover, the Chancellor noted that the sentences imposed were appropriate owing to the mitigating and aggravating factors.


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