The mother of a victim of indecent assault told the High Court of Justice this week that she is glad that the perpetrator of the crime had confessed and apologized for his actions.
“I glad he finally came to his senses and apologize,” the woman told the court prior to the sentencing of Francis Warrington who had pleaded guilty to assaulting the young girl. Warrington received a three-year jail sentence.
The incident occurred on October 9, 2008 about 2 p.m. when the young girl was in the living room of her home watching television with Warrington and three younger sisters. During that time Warrington was making jokes, and he then began touching the complainant’s vagina and breast, according to her. Warrington subsequently left the girl’s home to go to the bay.
“I had clothes on. I felt the touch of his fingers in my vagina for two minutes then left to go by Granny with my sisters. When I arrived he was there,” the girl recalled.
After her grandmother went up the road and her sisters went playing in the yard, the complainant said Warrington again made inappropriate advances at her.
“He started touching me up on my vagina with his penis. He unzip his pants. I saw his penis. He took it out … the penis was hard,” she explained.
While the complainant noted that she was fully clothed on both occasions, the second time Warrington approached her she said he rubbed his penis on her for about half an hour. On that day, the girl’s parents were not home.
On October 13 the girl told her mother what had happened, and a medical examination was done at the local hospital.
“I am afraid of him because of what happened,” the complainant had said.
The court learnt that Warrington was father to two children – a 10-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy.
In pleading for mercy from the court, Warrington said he is a respectable person. He apologized to the complainant’s family and asked for forgiveness.
According to him, he is sick with ulcer and cannot obtain medication at the hospital.
Upon sentencing on Tuesday Judge Brian Cottle asked Warrington if he understands that at such an age children need protection.
“Although I have taken into consideration that you have no previous conviction and you expressed remorse, I must give you a custodial sentence,” Cottle stated.