Man gets ten years for having sex with mentally challenged teen

A St Michael man has been sentenced to ten years in jail for having sexual intercourse with a “mentally subnormal” teenager and raping her.

However, Leonard Rupert Clarke, of Martindale’s Road, has already spent 2,145 days on remand at Dodds prison. Therefore, he will only have to spend the remaining four years, one month and two weeks of his jail term.

On October 3, 2010, the then 18-year-old girl was walking near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital when she met Clarke, who took the minor behind the old Ministry of Health building were he had protected and unprotected sex with her. Five days later he had another chance encounter with the teenager, but this time he proceeded to have unprotected sex with the girl, despite her refusal.

On his arrest he reportedly told police that he had realized that the teenager was disabled and had the understanding of a 13-year-old.

“While there was no evidence . .  . of violence used . . . in the offence, certainly the fact that you pursued the [victim] shows a level of predatory and reckless behaviour,” Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius told Clarke as she delivered the sentence in the No. 5 Supreme Court.

She also pointed to the significant age difference between the two, saying as the older one “he should have known better”.

Clarke, who is known to the court for robbery, criminal damage, theft and assault, had previously apologized for his actions and asked to be given a chance.

However, the judge maintained that his crimes deserved a custodial sentence.

Clarke was therefore slapped with a six-year prison term for having sexual intercourse with a mentally subnormal person and a concurrent ten-year jail sentence for rape.

47 Responses to Man gets ten years for having sex with mentally challenged teen

  1. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess December 14, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Well u would have to be mentally challenged also, to know she was that way and still insisted u have sex with her smbh. Then do it 5 days later…again??? Stupse #thirstymuch

  2. Aleisha Crichlow
    Aleisha Crichlow December 14, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Nasty dog 10 years ain’t enough

  3. Ronelle King
    Ronelle King December 14, 2017 at 11:05 pm


  4. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan December 14, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    The things that running through my mind right now should never be put in print….suffice it to say that if I had my way, there’d be nothing left of him to imprison….total disgrace to humanity

    • Maria December 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      You are so right.

  5. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed December 14, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    CHAAAA boss you should be in heroes square dismembered and on display…took advange of that lil man chaaaa!!!!

    • Juel Grif
      Juel Grif December 15, 2017 at 3:07 am


    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed December 15, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Juel Grif girl??? article said a 15 year old boy with cerebral palsy …..i read wrong???

    • Juel Grif
      Juel Grif December 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Ziggy Blessed Yea I saw that one

  6. Mya Griffith
    Mya Griffith December 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    It is called rape. Law needs updating

  7. Alana Hansa
    Alana Hansa December 14, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    The article should say man was charged for RAPE.

  8. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne December 15, 2017 at 2:11 am

    He want 30 years nasty

  9. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne December 15, 2017 at 2:15 am

    He could not find any other person than a mentally challenge persón he is the lowest he want a few slashes with a cow dickey straight in the center of his back

  10. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley December 15, 2017 at 4:44 am

    20 years and castrate him without anaesthetic

  11. Mohamed Adam
    Mohamed Adam December 15, 2017 at 4:55 am

    photo of the man?

  12. Blon D Mayers Trotman
    Blon D Mayers Trotman December 15, 2017 at 5:34 am


  13. Natalia Reid
    Natalia Reid December 15, 2017 at 6:23 am

    What I would like is for Barbados Today and other publications to use the correct terms. She was not an adult when this occurred, therefore it could not have been sex!!! Call it what it is and use the right terms…grown people can’t have sex with children, sex is consensual, rape isn’t. Yes I know some people would say de young people know wuh dem doing and all that, but that’s just my opinion. He would have to serve all that time again, not whatever he got left. He is a complete disgrace, period.

    • E Jerome Davis
      E Jerome Davis December 15, 2017 at 8:16 am

      The paper is correct. Sixteen is the age of consent, Natalie.

    • Natalia Reid
      Natalia Reid December 15, 2017 at 8:33 am

      First of all, it’s Natalia with an A. Secondly, if it was your daughter who was raped at 18, who had the understanding of a 13 yr old, would you be able to rationalize it then?? Give me a break

    • Cheryl Cumberbatch
      Cheryl Cumberbatch December 15, 2017 at 8:44 am

      I don’t think that Mr. Davis was rationalizing it. He was only pointing out the fact that her chronological age was 18 and therefore she was at the age of consent. Nothing excuses the pervert’s behaviour. The point he was making is that the newspaper was correct in its wording.

    • E Jerome Davis
      E Jerome Davis December 15, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Natalia Reid , I was not trying to rationalize anything. I only reacted to your comment that she was not an adult so it could not be sex. Sex is “recognized” from age 16. That is all I said so do not take off at me.

  14. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield December 15, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Any time you insert your penis in a female without her consent it is rape .That was not sex. It is unprintable what I would do to him. He is a low nasty depraved bastard. I would be the one in jail now for him. No, they would put me in the mental. He couldnt control himself ,well i would have helped him.

    • Ken R. Smith
      Ken R. Smith December 15, 2017 at 9:22 am

      There’s a prison code, hope he don’t complain about being taken advantage of.

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield December 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Yup. I think he deserves the “stiffest “punishment ever

  15. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 15, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Once again her male family should severly deal with his sick piece of crap.

  16. Ivy-anne Duke December 15, 2017 at 7:39 am

    This man committed a disgusting crime but there is an issue that most people are overlooking. Why has our judicial system deteriorated so badly that someone can spend 2,145 days on remand at Dodds prison before a case is completed. That is almost SIX YEARS before this case was concluded and he was on remand for that period of time. This should never happen. The judiciary in this country is in a complete mess.

  17. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow December 15, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Regardless or regardless he should be chemically castrated…it would be sending a message not to exploit the most vulnerable in our society

  18. Alex Alleyne December 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Please remove his testicles, it will be for his own good.

  19. Andria Graham
    Andria Graham December 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

    RAPE. R.A.P.E. ‘Sexual intercourse’ is not interchangeable with ‘rape’. Call it what it is…RAPE.

  20. MIIB December 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Well Said queen Natalie

  21. Ras Small
    Ras Small December 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Ah bet wunna if da had ta apprehend, de person dat VANDALIZED de statue, He wud most likely get dat amount of years?!

  22. Isha TeamScorpio Walker
    Isha TeamScorpio Walker December 15, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Should be life

  23. Isha TeamScorpio Walker
    Isha TeamScorpio Walker December 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Why is there no pic of his face if it was a tin of corned beef his face would be here we want these sick bastards faces plastered so we know who we dealing with. And change that caption it was rape not blasted sex stupse sickening.

  24. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley December 15, 2017 at 9:16 am

    He is the one who is mentally chAllenged. Not the teen. Get it right

  25. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens December 15, 2017 at 10:43 am

    man u sure he aint menatlly challenge too he is sick tho smhhh lol he want bobbing

  26. Natasha Fraser
    Natasha Fraser December 15, 2017 at 1:01 pm


  27. Lisa-Marie Caesar
    Lisa-Marie Caesar December 15, 2017 at 1:22 pm


  28. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry December 15, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Please hurry up and send his nasty self to Dodds…where he can meet lots of friendly men who does keep marbles. Have fun and play nice, hear?
    # reprobate

  29. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry December 15, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Shark snacks!

  30. Ferreira Claude
    Ferreira Claude December 15, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Disgusting….. ewwwwww

  31. Andrew Ward
    Andrew Ward December 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Only 10 years??..

  32. Tony Waterman December 16, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Offence Committed On October 3, 2010,
    Accused Sentences December 2017
    & 7 Years to conclude a Rape Case.
    a little over 5.8 years on Remand (2145 Days)

    Crime: Carnal Knowledge/Rape

    Yet King FREUNDEL thinks that the CCJ is Picking on Barbados.

    @Natalia Reid!!!!! The Charge here would have been “Sexual Interference” as long as there is Penetration it is SEXUAL age does NOT matter. and it does NOT have to be any consent for it to be sex, Where did you see that ?? if you are right all the rapists better start appealing their Sentences.


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