A 31 year old man was sentenced to life imprisonment this week for raping a one-year old girl in Guyana, according to local news reports.
Stabroek News identified the individual as Rodney Kurtzious, whose criminal act caused the child to be hospitalised.
According to Stabroek News, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow classed the assault a “worst case scenario.”
She is reported to have described the act as reprehensible and for which a strong message of condemnation needed to be sent to society.
According to the judge, the case was “troubling,” not only because the victim was a baby, but recalling evidence presented at trial, she said that the assault was carried out in view of other children.
Against this background, the judge said that it was for such cases that the maximum penalty of life imprisonment becomes warranted.
She told the convict that he breached the trust the child’s mother obviously reposed in him as she had left the infant in his care while she ran an errand for him.
She added that instead of nurturing and caring for the child, he violated her.
Although imposing a life sentence, the judge ordered that Kurtzious serve a full 25 years before becoming eligible for parole.
Further to that, she ordered that he be exposed to programmes offered by the prison to reform sex offenders.
The man said he had nothing to say when invited to address the court before sentence was handed down.