Antigua: Former Cop jailed for statutory rape

Antigua Observer:-An officer who broke the police’s oath to “protect and serve” has been jailed for 12 years after he was convicted of forcing a 13-year-old girl to have sex with him.

The disgraced cop, Wayne Worrell, was told yesterday that this sentence would be served consecutively to the 18-month jail term imposed by another court for a related offence involving the child.

At the time of the incident, Worrell had been a member of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda for seven years.

The court heard that the convicted man saw the teen on February 2, 2015 and called her to his vehicle where he showed her his privates.

Although the teen walked away, Worrell remained in the area in Michael’s Village until one of her friends told him that her mother would be coming home soon.

The following day, he went to the child’s home and knocked on the door. The girl, who was expecting a friend, opened the door but when she saw it was the officer, she closed it.

He left, but returned. The child said he attacked her and she tried to fight him with a pair of scissors, which she used to stab him in his hand.

The then 27-year-old man managed to disarm the teen and had sex with her. After the act, he offered her $300, which she refused.

Justice Darshan Ramdhani said the aggravating factors in the case were that the convict was a police officer; was more than twice the girl’s age; he kept the child under surveillance until he knew when she was alone so he could attack her; and despite being stabbed by the screaming child, he still had his way with her and then offered her money.

“You thought you could pay her for sexual favours? She was there crying on the bed … you took an oath to protect and serve, this child rejected your proposition, that is seriously aggravating,” the judge said.

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