Joey Tavernier,29, who pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with a 12 year-old girl was sentenced to five years imprisonment following the completion of a social inquiry and pre-sentence report.
Tavernier had sexual intercourse with the girl in 2008 between March 1 and April 19. A second charge of indecent assault was dropped against the accused.
He was remanded into custody following his guilty plea during his arraignment in May.
According to the facts of the case presented by state lawyer Wayne Norde on that day, the incident occurred at the complainant’s home.
“The complainant was sitting on her front step at her home. Whilst there the accused came into her yard. The accused then entered her home… The complainant … put her sister to sleep and the accused followed her into the bedroom,” Norde said.
“The accused started to kiss the complainant on her mouth. He then went on his knees and removed her underwear then removed his clothes… laid down on the complainant on the bed and inserted his penis into her vagina… According to the complainant it was very painful and she told him to stop about five times. He did not stop so she pushed him off,” Norde said.
The prosecutor continued, “ The complainant then saw what appeared to be blood on the sheet of the bed. She asked the accused what it was and he said it was blood. She then asked him what was the reason for the blood on the bed. He replied, [Your virgin gone].”
According to Norde, the accused man told the complainant that if her mother asked her about how she lost her virginity to “’Tell your mother you took it yourself either with a roll-on or a cucumber.’”
The complainant subsequently left.
Before passing sentence this morning, Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks related her disapproval of sexual offenses against young women. She cautioned the convicted man.
She also stated, “I am concerned with the fact that you were previously sentenced for the offense of rape and you come with this offense here again.”
“This offense was an error of judgment on your part…You allowed your animal… and fleshly desires to get the best of you…so you must pay,” the judge said.
Justice Stephenson–Brooks spoke against what was described as the breach of trust of committed by the convicted man. She frowned on the fact that Tavernier was a very close trusted family friend to the complainant and her mother when the incident occurred.
“You’ve not only hurt the young lady. You hurt her mother…Who, when you were hungry gave you food to eat…,” the judge said.
Justice Stephenson-Brooks also mentioned the unfortunate loss of the girl’s virginity which is considered sacred by some women.
Tavernier’s sentence was issued in consideration of time already spent in prison.
He was represented by Dawn Yearwood-Stewart.