A MIXED jury on Monday found 44-year-old minibus driver Inteaz Mohamed, called “Uncle Shameer,” guilty on two counts of rape committed on a 15-year-old schoolgirl.
Mohamed of Success, East Coast Demerara, was on trial before Justice Brassington Reynolds at the Sexual Offences Court of the Demerara High Court.
The charges against him were that during September 2014 and January 2015, he engaged in sexual penetration with a child, who was at the time under the age of 15.
The jury, after deliberating for two hours, returned guilty verdicts on both counts. Sentencing has been deferred until July 2, pending the presentation of a probation report.
The state was represented by prosecutors Sarah Martin and Nafeeza Baig, while Mohamed’s attorney was Latchmie Rahamat.
Mohamed in his defence told the court that he is unable to perform sexual activities due to a surgery he did in April 2014 for a hernia. He stated that he is being framed since the victim’s story was fabricated by her brother.
Mohamed further claimed that he would only transport primary school pupils to school and not students from secondary school like the victim.
According to reports, Mohamed operated a minibus and would transport the victim along with other children to school. He would also pick them up in the evening from lessons. It is alleged that Mohamed is also known to the victim and her family.
It is alleged that during September 2014, Mohamed picked up the teen in his motorcar and while taking her home, he took her through a bushy area at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara and raped her.
Before dropping her home, it is alleged that Mohamed threatened the teen that if she reports the matter to the police, he will kill her.
The victim became afraid and did not report the matter to the police, and in January 2015, while being taken home from lessons by Mohamed, she was raped again.
After this incident, the victim was picked up after lessons by her brother. During this time, Mohamed managed to acquire the teen’s cellphone number and would harass her.
However, it is alleged that during February 2018, Mohamed visited the victim’s home and handed her several letters.
Before leaving he told the teen not to tell anyone what was written in the letters or else he would shoot her.
The victim, however, confided in her brother about being raped by Mohamed and showed him the letters as evidence. The matter was reported to the police and Mohamed was arrested.