GUYANA – Pastor convicted for raping six-year-old

GEORGETOWN –– A pastor has been convicted for raping a six-year-old girl. The incident took place between June 1 and June 30, 2007.

The initial facts of the case are that the man was at home with the girl and her sibling, when the act was committed.

He called the child into a bedroom where he sexually penetrated her. The child later confided in her mother but the mother disbelieved her. The child later confided in another relative and the matter was reported to the police. The accused was subsequently arrested and charged.

Josiah Baptiste

After more than two hours of deliberations at the High Court in Georgetown yesterday, a mixed 12-member jury returned a guilty verdict in relation to Josiah Baptiste for the offence of carnal knowledge. The verdict was unanimous.

Baptiste stood silently in the docks and wore a blank expression on his face as the verdict was announced by the jury at around 3 p.m. His family members who were also at the hearing appeared shocked at the outcome; some had wept silently in anticipation of the sentence by the Court.

The man was represented by attorneys-at-law, Folio Richards and Maxwell Mc Kay.

Attorney Richards was present yesterday as the verdict was handed down. She requested a probation report be conducted on her client before he is sentenced.

Her request was acceded to by Judge Joann Barlow. The judge, therefore, adjourned the matter to April 24 for sentencing and informed Baptiste that his bail has been revoked.

The jury was empanelled to oversee his trial before Justice Barlow on Wednesday last.

The case was prosecuted by State Attorneys, Shawnette Austin, Tamieka Clarke, and Mandel Moore. The Prosecution called several witnesses to the stand, including the victim.

Source: (Kaieteur News)

18 Responses to GUYANA – Pastor convicted for raping six-year-old

  1. Jacqueline Garnes
    Jacqueline Garnes March 31, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    He want killing

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  2. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan March 31, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    What a disgrace!!

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  3. Sharon Ellis
    Sharon Ellis March 31, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    He is mentally disturbed!!!

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  4. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 31, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Mother should be jailed too or kid taken away from her. She didn’t believe the poor child..ijs…

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    • Jennifer April 1, 2017 at 4:34 am

      @Anne – most christian mothers would be like that. They see the priest as a god. The brainwashing is great.

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  5. Sharon Ellis
    Sharon Ellis March 31, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    He want stoning to death!!!

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  6. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry March 31, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    go to hell

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  7. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose March 31, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Meh seh kill em ta ras.

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  8. Zareena Nauth
    Zareena Nauth March 31, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    He was only a hearer of the word not a doer sorry for the poor child

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  9. Dianne Thomas
    Dianne Thomas March 31, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Shame

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  10. Leadpipe April 1, 2017 at 7:38 am

    He goes to jail where they have their own justice for people like him…the lowest on the totem pole. So he hopefully will get his own just rewards…and may he rot in hell.

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  11. watchful warrior April 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    His family stood and cried…amazing…were they praying hoping that God would have saved him and made the child a victim all over again????
    As for the mother SHAME on you…I pray your child finds the capacity to forgive you and you repent for the stench of what you did
    Expose more of these child rapists Father…. Expose them all

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  12. ac April 1, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    God sent me to ask the ones who comment and the ones who comment in your hearts. Anyone if there is anyone here who haven’t sin cast the first stone thats to the one who want to stone the man of God for something that may/may not had happen the word of God said in1 Corinthians 6New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

    Do Not Take Believers to Court.Thats why the beliivers can’t tell the people of the world nothing cause wanna ain’t no better than the world. Who is wanna to say such things who is wanna to say this man had not come to ture repentance before God wanna is to fleshly you should be a shame there is no one among you that’s why God can’t move how he want to cause if He dose all we dead Jesus came for the sinner not the righteous all of you need to repent and turn from your wicked ways after 10 hole years this young girl is 16 years now don’t y’all think God knew what happen who is to say that God allow it God purpose for man superseded and will always do so. Rethink what wanna doing says the Lord our God are wanna won’t like it released his servant can’t y’all see what is going on all around the world Jesus is coming for a spotless bride wake up all you people judge not you be judge.says the Lord of host.

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  13. Donild Trimp April 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    This is such an abominable act that I am lost for words.

    There should be no mercy shown to this piece of shyte when sentence is imposed.

    May the internal rules of the prison system carry out the ultimate punishment to this piece of skum.

    The mother of this six year old child is either retarded or ignorant to the 9th degree.

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  14. Sylviaphall April 2, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I read all the comments.My conclusion is not to throw stones.Many times the courts convicted a lot of people wrongfully.My questions to the mother,or family.If it was the mother home,Why was the pastor in the home alone with that child?Was there a problem? If it was the pastor home,Why was the child there alone with the pastor?If the mother was at the home with her child and pastor,Why was the mother not looking to see where the pastor and child was when there was in the room lock up?What was the purpose of all three of them being there together? Was the pastor the mother man? Is the family fronting for the mother,who may be don’t want to be there?We had 2 similar cases on this island from people who were born Guyanese,who parents had there under age daughters as prostitute and then they cried rape,and demanding money.but luckily the parents get caught and was jailed.

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  15. A Mother of 2 April 2, 2017 at 10:13 am

    First of all. MOTHERS, when your child comes to you with a statement like that, ALWAYS,ALWAYS believe your child. Ministers, Pastors, Priests, men of the cloth are human beings too and can do wrong. They are not saints. Second. Why is it when these heinous crimes are committed, the first thing out of some peoples’ mouths are that they are mentally disturbed. Don’t you know that a lot of the times they are just plain evil, wicked , mean and nasty ? Come on people, mental conditions are not always the reason.

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  16. Theresa sobers April 2, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Stone him to death as bajan will say he want killing

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  17. jrsmith April 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    All over the world this is happening, in the ( good old christian countries ) , in the (UK) last week a black couple male and female were sent to prison for years should have been 50 ..,

    The evil which takes place in these manufactured religions on the assault on the kids , in most of the cases is condoned by the parents . this just shows the confusion which is destroying our black people that they would go against they own children to protect the religion they practice…..
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    This mother should have been arrested and sent to prison .
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    I know a couple who broke up because the pastor of a church got the 17 year old daughter pregnant, and to the wife she said God will forgive him, the husband just took his pregnant daughter and walk away……………………

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