Life sentences for man found guilty of raping 10-year-old girl

first_imgIt will be at least 35 years before 46-year-old Sheldon Lynch see the light of the outside world following a 12-member jury on Tuesday finding him guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl between December 7, 2010 and January 25, 2013.High Court Judge Simone Morris-Ramlall handed down life sentences to the offender for crimes which were said to have occurred in the Essequibo district.The jury considered the evidence after a few days of trial and returned unanimous verdicts on two counts of rape of a child under 16. However, the jury could not determine verdicts for a third and fourth count.In the victim’s address to the court, she detailed a harrowing account and said that she thought about suicide whenever she remembered what Lynch did to her. Justice Ramlall, in handing down the sentence, observed that the girl trusted the offender and he violated her, treating her as if she was a woman.“You have scarred her for life,” the Judge expressed, noting that the offender did not show remorse after being found guilty.Lynch was represented by Attorney-at-Law Clyde Forde, who had petitioned for the court to temper justice with mercy. The State was represented by Seeta Bishundial and Orinthia Schmidt.last_img

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