Stepfather denies having sex with under-aged stepdaughter

(DNO) The prosecution and defence have both presented their cases in a matter involving a stepfather who has been accused of having sex with his under-aged stepdaughter at the High Court of Justice yesterday.

This morning, final submissions and addresses and a possible verdict will be heard on the matter before Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks.

The stepfather pleaded not guilty to the charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 14 years and indecent assault and maintained his innocence even though all witnesses,  including his own, testified knowing of his alleged intercourse with his stepdaughter.

This incident allegedly occurred between December 1-31, 2008.

According to the first prosecution’s witness – a doctor who examined the complainant following the report – there were several hymeneal destruction or tears in the opening of the girl’s vagina. The doctor testified that penis penetration was one of the more likely causes of the child’s hymen being ruptured.

The complainant, who took the stand yesterday, testified that her stepfather had had sex with her in a one-bedroom house that she, her mother and he lived.

“My step father told me to take out my clothes and he tell me to lie on the bed. He took off my panty. He came on me. He put his penis in my vagina and it was very painful… He was moving up and down when his penis was in my vagina… He did not stay long and he let go a white milky liquid on my vagina… He told me to put back on my clothes… I did not tell anyone because I was afraid,” the complainant testified.

According to the complainant, her stepfather had threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the alleged abuse.

However, in an un-sworn statement from the dock, the accused man said that he did not know anything about the accusations. He claimed that the whole issue came as a result of a family feud between he and his wife’s son.

“As far as I know, I don’t know nothing about that case… The two other brothers were drinking their rum… They shout at her and tell her (the complainant) show (the police where the alleged sex took place) because if is not that they will beat her…” the accused man said to the court.

“When they go with me (daughter’s name) started to cry and say let my daddy go, let my daddy go cause my daddy doe do anything with me…” the accused man said in his un-sworn statement.

Lone witness for the defence – the accused man’s wife – first denied knowing of any sexual relations between her daughter and her husband, but said under cross-examination by state lawyer Wayne Norde that there was one instance when she had returned home and seen her daughter pulling up her panty through the room window.

When she asked her (the complainant) what had happened, her daughter said that her stepfather had sex with her. Her daughter had refused to go to visit the health center at that time.

According to the complainant’s mother, this incident occurred sometime in July 2008.

She informed the court that her daughter had been subsequently transferred by the Welfare Division to a home in Canefield some time following the December incident but is now living with her.

The mother referred to the complainant – her last daughter – as her queen.  “This is my last daughter. This is my queen,” she told the court.

According to the testimony of the complainant’s brother, who had first made a report to the police on the matter, he had witnessed the complainant admit to police that her stepfather had sex with her in her stepfather’s presence.

The investigating officer testified that on January 14 2009, he had confronted the mother on the allegations and she had replied by stating that if she had known that anything was happening between her daughter and husband she would know. She denied knowing about any sexual relations with her daughter.

The investigating officer said under cross examination that when asked the first time about the accusations at the place of the incident of January 14 last year, the complaint had said no four times. When her mother asked the question in the presence of the police and accused the complainant had said “no” four times also.

She later admitted to her stepfather having sex with her.

Lawyer Peter Alleyne represents the accused.

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47 Comments

  1. jammet
    October 14, 2010

    Well i really think this man should examined and cross examined because there are times when stories are made up and if it is true that this allegation truly took place then mom and dad needs to go to jail. I can’t understand a mother knowingly allow a man to leave with her for so long after he had sex with your daughter. If a man had an affair with my sister after they are done I do not want him far less slept with your own underage daughter…………oui sallop

  2. A GRAND BAY MAN LIVING OVERSEAS
    June 1, 2010

    THAT IS STINKY NEWS.LET HIM KNOW WE THE PEOPLE DONT LIKE HIIM.

  3. private
    May 29, 2010

    thank God she had the support of her brother /family i didnt rather they thought i lied God is good

  4. ANTICOM
    May 28, 2010

    NOT ENOUGH JAIL THATS WHY HISTORY IS REPEATING IT SELF.SOME ONE NEED TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF ONE. THATS MY OPINION.

    STUPESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  5. ANTICOM
    May 28, 2010

    NOT ENOUGH JAIL THATS WHY HISTORY IS REPE

  6. yes i
    May 28, 2010

    This thing is going on everywhere in Dominica I’m sick and tired of hearing of this!

  7. May 27, 2010

    Again parents! They are failing to guard their children. They are failing to guide their children.

    De “mad ame” is saying, “my queen, my queen”! My queen my foot ! no good mum.

  8. Dominican Abroad
    May 27, 2010

    It is sad to know this mother did nothing to protect this child even after the child admitted that the stepfather was having sex with her. It is disgusting. Mother’s in DA need to stand up to these bastards and stop protecting them. Stop blaming your children and get help for them. She should be arrested for child endangerment and for aiding and abetting cause she knew about what was going on. THIS IS SICK.

  9. jay pan dem case
    May 27, 2010

    when is things like police hold a man smoking some weed in his back yard they publishing there name and picture in dem case we in the public need to know who these indivduals are [name an pic] so that our young kids goin to school might not be the next victim so please DON expose them in them sick …

  10. DEATH PENALTY
    May 27, 2010

    YOU KNOW IT’S ABOUT TIME THESE SMALLER ISLANDS BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY..HAVE STIFFER SENTENCES FOR SOME OF THE CRIMES BEING COMMITTED…

    SEXUALY ABUSE ESP WITH A MINOR,I DON’T CARE WHAT THE AGE COULD BE FROM TODDLER TO ADULT,THESE CRIMINALS SHOULD BE TORTURED…WE NEED TO HAVE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY TAKING THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS…THESE PEOPLE COMMITTING THESE CRIMES SHOULD HAVE THEIR PICTURES PLACED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY….BANNED FROM ALOT OF THINGS….EG

    IN SCHOOLS ETC..THEY SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN A CHANCE IN LIFE TO HAVE A LIFE..JAIL IS EVEN TOO GOOD FOR THEM…AND FOR THE VICTIM PARENTS WHO KNOWS ABOUT THESE ACTS AND ARE SHELTERING THESE MEN…I SAY YU ALL TOO NEED TO BE PUNISHED..I HEAR TOO MANY STORIES ABOUT WOMEN STANDING BY THEIR MAN…AND MEN WHO DOES NOTHING FOR THE BUT ABUSE THEIR KIDS….OMG IF I WAS A JUDGE GOD KNOWS WHAT I WOULD DO..THIS SICKENS ME DEEPLY……

    AND THERE IS NO HE IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IT TAKES ALOT FOR A 14 YR OLD TO EXPOSE HER LIFE TO SUCH EMBARASSMENT…IF HE WAS NOT GUILTY OF SUCH A CRIME HIS NAME WOULDN’T HAVE COME UP,,MAYBE THE NEIGHBOUR OR SOME OTHER MAN,HE IS GUILTY,,,I IF HE ISN;T FOUND GUILTY I HOPE THE NEXT PERSON CHILD HE TOUCHES BE HIS JUDGE AND JURY,,,PEOPLE LIKE THAT NEEDS TO BE SENT TO HELL…..STONED!!

  11. Mathestatician
    May 27, 2010

    send de bastard stocky. let dem man up der shaft his boom boom.

  12. beautiful smile
    May 27, 2010

    This situation is just sad. to think tht a mother suspects tht her husband is having sex with her daughter and does not do anything about it. some of the mothers need to go to jail too, cause this is just nonsense. nd to tht man ,God! if were me, this man would be castrated already/

  13. lisad
    May 27, 2010

    It is really sad for our young girls and boys in these days.But as for this case, the only evidence they have beside hear say, is the doctor’s report and to me that is inconclusive.Also, the credibility of the complainant’s witnesses is left to question since their stories kept changing.Infact, only the defendant maintained his story all along.Since the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the man is guilty, I see a not guilty verdict coming out.

  14. sxmlady
    May 27, 2010

    But what going on here? I cant understand what kind of sick peopel looking for us mother to wipe them off the face of the earth. Dam it man. Everyday some sick bastard raping a kid. THANK YOU LORD I LIVE ALONE WITH MINES.Because they dont ahve no death sentence in french law for me when i finish with them

  15. May 27, 2010

    It is so sad to hear of these things, what does a grown man see in a 14 yr old? What does a man see in his daughter to go as far as having kids with them? This is a demonic spirit that these men have.
    To the person who suggested adult entertainment? you got it already. Dominica is the first place i see, you can turn on your tv at nights, and see porn. I am living in the states, and have never come upon this dirtyness on tv

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2010

      that i lie am in the states and if u look very well u will see sex is what driving the kids ,everything is sex on tv because sex sell.

  16. peace
    May 27, 2010

    There are some sick women out there too.l know of an individual who was told repeatedly by her mother that her boyfriend was fingering her 1 year old baby. The mother denied and kept on seeing the sick bastard. He went as far as discharging on the baby’s vagina and for weeks at a time whenever the child sleeps over by her mother her vagina has an awful scent and she complains about her vagina hurting her. When she is by her grandmother there is no odor neither does she complains.

  17. anestin
    May 27, 2010

    it takes everyone in the community to help in such a situation where a 14 year old child has given birth….if the parents, the child, the school or others do not want to inform the division why dont a concerned person in society do right by that child and contact the division???

    we should be our brothers keepers so please….you feel sad for such a child but you could also assist that child by informing the division of such….

  18. astounded
    May 27, 2010

    This mother needs to do some time in jail just like the accused. How is it that after witnessing your daughter pulling up her panties, questioning her and getting a positive response from her that her stepfather had sex with her, you stand back and do nothing? You should be charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, failure to report an alleged crime and obstruction of justice because you failed to report the alleged crime in July and thus hindered the processing of important evidence and harboring a criminal. By the time I would be done with reading your verdict, you would spend more time in jail than your boyfriend; the stepfather.

    Lady, who is the adult here? You or your daughter? How can you tell me that you asked your daughter to go to the health centre after the alleged incident and you settled for no? This is evidence of the reversal of parent-children role in our society today. You as a mother are responsible for doing what is in your daughter’s best interest and to ensure her safety and recovery in this case.

    Judge Stephenson-Brookes, jury and prosecution, I am waiting on the verdict!

  19. ghost
    May 27, 2010

    nasty bastard, he should be jailed for life

  20. VC Girl
    May 27, 2010

    Believe it or not, this is very prevalent in Dominica. The government should impose stiffer penalties for these animals…Like, lifetime jail sentences. Sexual child abuse is also encouraged because people tend to blame these children for provoking the abuse. There are no excuses adults should be having sex with underage children no matter what the circumstances are.

  21. May 27, 2010

    Legalize adult entertainment and the child abuse in Dominica will be way down..Time we put aside religion and state to let this country move forward….Stop playing most holy because D.A is full of high science takin place… Adult entertainment is the medicine to stop child and animal abuse…

    • May 27, 2010

      you dirty PIG thats all you can say ,just from that the whole world know who you are ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS.Dominican PERVERTS need a rude awaken, unless a BABBIT style take place they won,t learn . I do have a 12 year old daughter, and I hope ACID is cheap in Dominica.

    • wil
      May 27, 2010

      Pure nonsense. Adult entertainment is not the medicine for that. Those individuals are just sick! I live in USA where adult entertainment is prevalent and this crap still takes place. There problem is, most of the time, the individuals hurting those children are the ones close to them. People need to stop covering up for those sick people – I think a lot of people know what is going on and they are too ashamed to say, and they effectively punishing the child and letting the criminals walk free! I have 3 daughters and the day any friend or family mess with them, that criminal will not be family anymore! Stop protecting those criminals; put them away where they belong!

    • D/can Lady
      May 27, 2010

      u legalize adult entertainment and u have another problem.robbery will be on the rise.work in da is low so to finance such ,there will be thieves.that said if we give stiffer penalties to these rapist and a very PUBLIC HUMILIATION i am sure that will get them to think twice before doing it again.

    • Sweetness
      May 27, 2010

      I’m sorry King Ghetto but this is the most BS solution I’ve ever heard in my life. You’re SICK!!! Lord have mercy on your soul.

    • May 28, 2010

      ghetto,

      Hummm,sounds like you been in st.maarten,lol,well sxm have live adult entertainment,well D/ca can have it too,its safer for men who want to fantasise them self with a adult lady,

      Ghetto boy hope to see yah at Touthies, nice Colombians there lol,

      p.s only 35,- usd todos son baratios,

    • November 4, 2015

      King Getto:

      You are sick.

      First, so-called adult entertainment is part of the disease. It drives up the rate of sex crimes against children, rape, and increases all forms of perversion.

      You yourself have a problem. Please see a pastor, social worker, or a shrink.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  22. Deliceslady
    May 27, 2010

    I say castrate the stepfather and jail both he and the mother.

  23. Straight up!
    May 27, 2010

    Hmm. Mothers need to be more careful. Too much buso lavie in this place.

  24. Kurt
    May 27, 2010

    First off, i want jail jail jail jail jail X 100

    This mother is sounding like a fool.

    I hate rapist and want this man to be jail 4 life and if the mother doesn’t understand that matter at hand, she herself need to put behind bars.

    • November 4, 2015

      It looks like another case where the mother is covering for her husband or live-in boyfriend because he
      is paying the bills and supporting her.

      This is not as rare as we would like to think. These mothers are literally selling or pimping their daughters. They should be in jail for a long time.

      I blame the problem on:

      (a) A lack of maternal love resulting in poor mother – daughter relationships.

      (b) Mothers (often single mums) with no solid morals who will take a man into their homes who is not their lawful husband and risk almost anything as long as they are receiving financial benefits.

      (c)) The lack of a law requiring mandatory reporting of sexual child abuse. This is something some governments have refused to provide.

      (d) Shabby police reporting.

      (e) Incompetent judges on the bench.

      (f) Slap-on-the-wrist sentences.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  25. mother from chance
    May 27, 2010

    hey ,hey , we have called for better jobs ,more schools, much better salaries,but really what is the use of these things when the youth is going down the road of neglect ?
    we need to put laws in place for the punishment of all those who allow those things to go on just to satisfy there self.
    this mother should be charged just like the man doing the crime itself,people read again the statement saying that she saw the child pulling up her panties through the window and ask what happen and child reply the man had sex with her ,that happened in july, people JULY,JULY my god the man is charged in december for december the woman just swept it under the carpet and continued sleeping and having relations with that man. and never report it.

    please we have to start asking for the laws to make provisions for mothers like that to take maximum ponishment as the men doing the crime,as long as we can prove they new and did nothing.

    as far as i se it the child should not be placed in the care of that mother again.
    NOT ALL WOMEN THAT CARRY AND PUSH ARE MOTHERS.
    god help me that this is not something i walk in on happenning to any child cause i will k*** a man.comunities should start a movement to punish these men for life even after they have served time in the hotel called prison

    • Very Concerned
      May 27, 2010

      I completely agree with you….I am not from Dominica….however such an act is despicable and should not be tolerated in any country. The MOTHER is also responsible for such an awful act and could have intervened before it got to December. The psychological damage to the girl has now been down and I can only imagine what kind of relationship she has now with her mother and with herself. But I pray that she finds help in regaining herself worth and further use her experience to speak out against such acts.

  26. mellow119
    May 27, 2010

    mothers please educate your children

  27. Brow Sugar
    May 27, 2010

    some parents know whts going on and thet keep it a secret. i wonder y? isit because they dont want to lose their man? now parents wake up to the call pay close attention to your daughters espically when they have step fathers, because u might never know that ur man is eating 2 cakes for the price of one.

  28. May 27, 2010

    This is madness mom. are u blind death dumd or downrirght sick?ur daughter and hussy is having sex and u did not pick-up on that man’what is going?

  29. children of Assisi
    May 27, 2010

    stupid women dat doing dat to their daughters; from the very day you had seen her pulling up her panties through the window you should have started asking questions. I believe the welfare division here are acting too slow; right here in portsmouth there is dat yound girl who just had a baby ; she is under 16, lives with her mother, the baby was born at the PMH and up till now the child cannot tell her parents who the father is, poor girl was in form two at secondary school, SDA to be precise and neither the school, the hospital or the parents have reported to the welfare division or the police; thats a sad case, the child has lost her schooling and is home breastfeeding her baby, it is so heartening when i pass by and see that child with the baby; after all, she is just 14 for crying out loud!! could somebody do something for our children?

    • Observer
      May 27, 2010

      This is very sad.

    • mm
      May 28, 2010

      u are a member of the community. take the initiative and report it.

      • November 4, 2015

        Go to DNO or your best newspaper. Ask for the editor. Tell him or her the story. Ask that a good reporter go with you to the police station. Ask for the chief or commanding officer.

        Do NOT waste time talking to whoever is at the front desk. Why :?: Because he or she will take a pen, write a report, and well you they will be in touch with you.

        Talk to the top dog – whoever is in charge – and tell him or her you have something to report. Then give that person the whole story. Make sure your reporter knows enough to make notes.

        Politely ask when it will be investigated. Let your reporter record WHATEVER the police say. Even if they begin to hum and haw about how busy they are GET IT IN THE NOTES :!:

        The media should follow up on this. The investigation, arrest, court case, and sentence (if it goes this far) should be reported.

        This is how to fight for the children. You must get mad as %$#@ and refuse to take it any more!

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  30. May 27, 2010

    Dear Editor,

    The issue in this case is whether or not the Plaintiff in this case prove to the Court without a resonable doubt the sexual intercourse took place. It is believe in my opion the evidence presented is nothing more than he say, she say. Inorder to convict a person of sxeual intercourse it should be proven beyond resonable doubt that the Defendant is guilty of the crime commited. But in this case their is no DNA to support the Plaintiff case. The police did not have a sex kit to collect DNA sample of the Defendant. The Plaintiff was not taken to the hospital for exaimnation, their is no testimony given by any expert in this case.

    Over and over again we are seening the difficuties that face this Court in proving their cases. This is, due the lack of good police work, failure to adopt the scienctific methord of criminal investigation and the understanding of a good investigative report and the gathering of evidence in a criminal matter. When will the Dominica Judical Sustem understand the important of good police work ? It is the gathering of evidence and good police report DNA result and other evidence such as eys witnesses that make you win cases not she say, he say. In this case I dont see how a Court can find a person guilty of such crime.

    Leroy Registe

    • Patriotic Domincan
      May 27, 2010

      Leroy,

      The story does mention that there was a doctor’s report:

      According to the first prosecution’s witness – a doctor who examined the complainant following the report – there were several hymeneal destruction or tears in the opening of the girl’s vagina. The doctor testified that penis penetration was one of the more likely causes of the child’s hymen being ruptured.

      If not the stepfather, then the child is obviously sexually active.

      • May 28, 2010

        Leroy is right,

        theres no rape kit,so where is the dna evidence?,some other boy could have done it too
        pare pressure could have made her say anything,like he said he had a problem with her uncle, hummmmmmmmmmmmmmm,dont sound good like revenge !

  31. child
    May 27, 2010

    it is still too early to tell who took the 14 year old girl virginity (in a case like that ,he is innocent until proven guilty)

  32. Not every one who have children are mothers........ HMMMMMMMM
    May 27, 2010

    yes I Parents………………….. please dnt have a blind eye and death ear to this situation…………

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