A former rank of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) was on Friday sentenced to 26 years in prison by High Court Judge Jo-Ann Barlow for raping a seven-year-old girl on March 27, 2014, in Essequibo.
A 12-member jury, on March 13, 2019, found 37-year-old Clinton Doris guilty of the act before Justice Barlow in the Sexual Offences Court.
The accused was sentenced on Friday after the court heard the probation report, which was requested to be done by Doris’s attorney, Ravindra Mohabir.
In court on Friday, Justice Barlow, before sentencing, noted that at the time when the act was committed, the victim was only seven years old and the accused is also the father of two children.
The court heard that the victim was on her way home from school when the accused was able to persuade the child to enter his home by offering her candy. When the child went into the house, he used the opportunity to commit the act. The child related what took place to her parents and the matter was reported to the police.
Justice Barlow ordered that the accused be given counselling for sex offenders during his time in prison.
The State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Lisa Cave, Sarah Martin, and Seeta Bishundial.