Court of Appeal tells guilty perpetrator ‘Go back and serve your sentence’
Kaieteur News – The Court of Appeal yesterday rejected a request from convicted rapist Calvin Ramcharran essentially telling him to go back to serving his 23-year prison sentence.
The ruling was delivered by the Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, at the Court of Appeal in Kingston. In dismissing the appeal, Justice Cummings-Edwards noted that the Court found that the Ramcharran case had no merit as it related to the grounds of appeal. According to the Chancellor, the Court disagreed with arguments that Ramcharran’s sentence was serious in all circumstances.
“The Court will only intervene if a sentence is found to be clearly excessive or passed on the wrong principles,” said Justice Cummings-Edwards, adding that the judge had been given the necessary instructions by a judge the trial. He noted that “the jury had been properly assisted in reaching its verdict.”
In 2015, Ramcharran was sentenced by Justice Jo Ann Barlow, for rape and assault causing actual bodily harm inflicted on a 20-year-old woman. He was sentenced to 23 years on the charge of rape, and four years on the charge of assault. Back then, the trial judge ordered that both sentences be served simultaneously.
Even after his sentencing, Ramcharran claimed innocence of the crime which revealed, according to facts presented in court, that the young woman had been assaulted and raped at a party while she was out with some friends. The Court heard that when Ramcharran approached her, the victim was making her way to the bathroom and asked her if she was “doing business.”
When the young woman answered, “no,” Ramcharran grabbed her hands and a fight ensued when she pulled her clothes, choked, punched and hit her several times to her head with a bottle while dragging her to an unfinished back. a building, where it penetrated forcefully.
After the attack, Ramcharran allegedly offered the woman $ 65,000 and instructed him to meet him on the road by car. Instead, the victim managed to escape and get help from people nearby to seek medical attention.