Man convicted of sodomizing young girl
A 24-year-old man of Vauxhall, Christ Church is expected to know his fate early in the New Year, after he was convicted yesterday of buggery with a female minor.
It took the jury just about an hour to return a unanimous guilty verdict against Shawn Daniel before Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius in the Number 5 Supreme Court.
The judge ordered that a pre-sentencing report be prepared on Daniel for the offence that took place between July 1 and 31, 2014.
He must be back in court on December 14, when both defence and prosecution will address the judge on the issue of sentencing, with the aim of determining the length of time the convicted man will spend behind bars.
The judge is expected to hand down a decision in the New Year, prosecutors said.
Daniel had contended that the child, who was 12 at the time, had forced him into having anal sex with her.
However, the prosecution told the court that Daniel, who was 22 at the time, had met the girl on Facebook and later in person, and they had had anal sex on three occasions – once each at their homes and once outside the drive-in theatre.
“His defence was that he thought they were going to have vaginal sex because he is not accustomed to anal sex . . . and she [manipulated the process]. That was his thing. In other words he was alleging duress,” prosecutor Anthony Blackman told Barbados TODAY.
Blackman said the young man had also claimed the girl had threatened him with a knife and vowed to tell her mother if he did not do it her way.