Jamaica: Pastor jailed for sex with minor

Barbados Today:-A Jamaican pastor has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

The sentence was handed down Friday by Justice Lorna Shelly Williams when he appeared in the Home Circuit Court.

Pastor Reverend Paul Hanniford of the Pentecostal City Mission Church was convicted by a seven-member jury, on January 24 of having sexual intercourse with a minor.

According to Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, the complainant, who is now 15 years old, testified in court that on March 12, 2015, she and her five-year-old brother went to the church for choir practice and after the rehearsal, they asked Pastor Hanniford for a drive out in his van.

The pastor took the children to his house in Kingston where he sexually assaulted the girl.

According to the evidence presented to the court, after the incident, the pastor gave them some cornflakes to eat and later warned the complainant not to tell anyone as it was their “secret”.

In his defence at the trial, the pastor denied having sexual intercourse with the complainant and said that he had given the children a drive out but not on the day in question.


  1. Barbara
    March 11, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Bloody Pervert!! I hope they have no mercy for you in prison. BASTARD!!!

  2. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 6:55 pm


  3. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Those who like to bash the Catholic Church should now appreciate that sins of the flesh take place in all religions. This one relates to the Pentecostql mission. So whether it is a priest, a pastor, a rabbi, an elder, or any other religious leader, the following words hold true: All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.

    1. Anonymous
      March 12, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Amen to that

    2. The Commentator
      March 12, 2017 at 8:32 am

      The problem with the Catholic Church was that for decades it had an institutionalized mechanism to conceal the abuse of children by pedophile priests and in the past the Church was a safe haven for pedophiles who were wolves in priest’s clothing.

  4. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    But because they were “hiding” from you don’t mean they were hiding from God. So why should that make you hate them so much? Just because YOU did not know right away? Who are you to know this bit of bad news immediately? God knew from the time it happened. You not satisfied with that?

  5. deleted
    March 12, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    You see, the problem with us in St. Lucia is that we are never satisfied with punishment alone. We want the punishment to be tinged with SHAME, so we can have a good laugh from time to time. But God’s punishment comes with forgiveness, so many of us do not like God to act alone. We want to help Him, so that we can add the juicy it of “roro” to whatever the sinner has coming for him of her. But, as always, what goes around comes around. We must learn to forgive and forget. I know it’s hard to do, but that is precisely why that attitude of forgiving and forgetting is a real test of our Christianity.

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