UPDATE: Ten-year sentence for unlawful sexual connection with eight-year-old girl

Bellot cries on his way out of court after learning that he will spend the next ten years in jail.

Fifty-two-year-old Robert Ross Bellot, accused of forcing an eight-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him, has received a ten-year jail sentence for unlawful sexual connection.

Bellot’s trial began at the High Court of Justice on Wednesday where he was charged with indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection.

He had pleaded not guilty to both charges, telling the court that the whole thing was fabricated as a result of a conflict related to religion.

Bellot was found guilty of the second charge of unlawful sexual connection by a jury of seven women and two men.

Before passing sentence Justice Brian Cottle told Bellot, “Let me tell you that I am not surprised by the verdict of the jury. This is a disgusting offence. You are past 50. You are no longer a little child. This little girl was eight-years-old…Up to this time, I detect absolutely no sign of remorse…I consider you to be a very dangerous man.”

“This happened in the home of a young child, a place considered to be her sanctuary, her home…It’s a disgusting thing,” the judge said.

The child testified yesterday that the accused man resided at the home of a close relative when the incident occurred on January 25, 2009.

She told the court that the incident took place while that relative was out and another older relative was confined to a bed in a separate room.

“I was watching TV in the drawing room…He asked where was [relative]… I told him that she went to a meeting…He started kissing me on the long chair in the drawing room. He held my hand and he brought me to my [relative] room,” the girl recalled.

“He told me if I wanted a lollipop… I told him no. He told me to unzip his pants and take out his penis. Then he ask me to suck his penis… I felt a bitter slimy thing in my mouth and I went to spit it out in the sink. I went to the drawing room. He came too,” the victim told the court.

The following day, the child told her cousin, also eight-years-old, about the incident. Her cousin advised her to tell her mother, which she did.

After telling her mother, a report was made to the police.

Yesterday, three other witnesses presented their evidence on the matter in favour of the prosecution, while the accused man proclaimed his innocence from the witness stand.

In an address to the jury this morning, Bellot admitted that he was in the house at the time of the alleged incident and that the young girl was also alone, but her relative returned home within five minutes of his arrival.

“That five minutes I spent there it was totally impossible to do all those things…All within a five minute period? For you to raise up yourself to a climax and do all those other things? That is just impossible,” Bellot told the jury.

Bellot said that a “latent hatred and animosity that has mounted all of these years” had driven the allegations against him.

After been found guilty Bellot told the court, “I have showed the court my stance and my innocence and I know that it is because of the religious persecution over the years that this thing has culminated. As I stand here again, I am saying that I know before God, I am saying that I am not guilty. I am innocent.”

He added, “It’s kind of beyond me to know that people who were former church friends could do such a thing and I know that that this is a long time coming. God is the greatest judge.”

The convicted man presented one witness during the trial; his friend, who testified that though he was not present during the incident, it was surprising to learn of the whole matter. He said that he found it hard to believe that the victim and her family would just fabricate such a story on the defendant.

The maximum sentence for this offence is 14 years, according to the court.

State lawyer Wayne Norde represented the prosecution while Bellot represented himself.

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49 Comments

  1. syborg55
    January 29, 2010

    AREYOUKIDDINGME…you are a genius,did you think of that all by your SMART self? Get a life and let the law and the Judge do their jobs!

  2. bigmama
    January 29, 2010

    thats a 8 yr old child them big woman 50 takin man ourt for rape aa much more for a 8 yr old stupes he hold deh child head

  3. January 29, 2010

    Well at least the child told her cousin and her cousin told someone. But what about those who do not tell and they continue to be molested for years.
    Now every parent should educate their children boy or girl, “when ever someone touches you in your private part, to tell them.” This is the type of things that our school should be introducing from grade one.
    I always told my children if there father touch them anywhere to tell me and I let him know that to because I know he would be a dead man. It may sound crazy but you must know it happens so you should not leave the father out when you talk to them; uncle, brother, cousin; sister; grand parents, any any body. No one was exempted from my telling them to be aware.

  4. are you kidding me
    January 29, 2010

    Are you kidding me? Is either these people had a plan for this man and this eight year old girl knew exactly what she was doing or this man forced her with a very big threat.
    If in fact this man forced her to suck, and it all happened in no less time than five minutes, this man must have already been aroused.
    the thing is he asked her to unzip his pants and take the penis out on what grounds? What were the threats? How was he aroused, was it by himself or the girl?
    Why was she continuing with the suck, long enough for this man to ejaculate in her mouth? Come on now people!

    • Justice over Peace
      May 12, 2012

      This is for “Are you kidding me”

      it does not take a man a second to get aroused. If you are a man you should know this. If you are a woman you should know this if you ever came close to me. Men get aroused by sight and not necessarily by touch. before men sees womsn they are already aroused. If that man had it in his mind to molest that child his pennis would be always erect on sight of the child.. I have seen men just look at a woman and get aroused. There are lot’s of men out there with tis kind of lack of self control. A man does not have to ejaculate to pass bodily fluid from his penis.
      Before men ejaculates, even before errection, men passes bodily fluid from there penis before ejaculation and that bodily fluid is also bitter and slimy. it does not take five minutes for men to get errect it takes one second and seconds to pass bodily fluid from their penis , before ejaculation. So, maybe you should read wht you wrote again and think about it.
      The jury found im guilty. Lot’s of men molest people’s children and they always have some excuse, whether it be religious or not, Sure people lies sometimes but too many men torment children and think they can get away with it by defensive lies.

  5. Anonymous
    January 29, 2010

    they should give hm lifetime prison

  6. Live
    January 29, 2010

    What the ___ he crying for.

    He lucky

    Papamet I have 1 boy child, and anybody who think to molest my child papamet in anyway shape or form, they will feel.

    I agree with the poster who says she don’t trust nobody with there child. Hmm, I not sending my child by no friend for friend or friend brother sister aunty father or mother to molest him for me.

    Everyday when my child come out school I does ask him whether anyone touch his privates or ask him to touch theirs because GOD FORBID, I will take out a mf and then turn my self in to the police.

  7. nectar
    January 29, 2010

    I talk to a freind of mine in Storkie and they done get the Run down on mister. I feeling Sorry for him. When He go up there HE WILL FEEL what it is to be molested. lol

  8. NatureIsle
    January 29, 2010

    This child was VIOLATED in her home and this man gets only ten years?? Bring back CASTRATION and see if those bastards won’t stop. Too many of these men get away with spoiling people children.

    I’ve heard of parents who cover up for their boyfriends and husbands who sexually abuse their children. What are we gonna do about them? I say find them, castrate them? It’s about time we put these people where they belong.

  9. January 29, 2010

    Not trying to take away anything from the ruling. But I cannot understand how it got from the point where the man ask you if you want a lollipop, you said no, to the point where you felt a bitter, slimy thing in your mouth. So you couldn’t bite the damn thing?

  10. January 28, 2010

    I feel a bit sorry for this guy. !

    If you know those people hate you for all the past times,

    What are you doing in their house?

    Take what you get.

  11. D WATCHMAN
    January 28, 2010

    THEY JUST SEND D OLD MAN TO DIE….

  12. I KNOW HIM
    January 28, 2010

    I KNOW ROSS PERSONALLY NEVER THOUGHT HE WAS CAPABLE OF SUCH A HORRENDOUS ACT. REALLY THOUGHT HE WAS ONE THAT COULD BE TRUSTED, STILL I FEEL A SENSE OF SORROW FOR HIM. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT DROVE HIM TO DO THAT TO A CHILD , I PRAY THAT HE WILL ASK FOR GOD’S FORGIVENESS AND WILL ASK THE PARENT OF THE CHILD TO FORGIVE HIM FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE.

  13. WOW
    January 28, 2010

    Nasty old dirty dog, I hope they b—— and bust his bottom in prison. Dirty old man!!!! An eight year old? What the hell is this world coming too. Ten years not enough.

  14. syborg55
    January 28, 2010

    Castration is an option,but thinking back to a sexual molestation case years back in Texas…The man asked the courts to castrate him,they did…News flash,that didn’t stop him.When you castrate a Sexual Predator,he still gets the same sexual cravings as if his Ding Dong was still erected…You are cutting off their Penis,not their sexual desires…The Texan used his fingers and mouth,teeth and he became even more dangerous,this man mutilated children.I propose Castration and Labotamy.

  15. 10 years!!!! they should cut off his c$^K
    January 28, 2010

    ohh my gosh!!! there are tears in my eye….they should test him for AIDS/ he could have given the girl AIDS!! The slimmy bitter thing was sperm…right…and Aids can be passed on like that….forget about cutting off his penis….they should turn him into a vegetable…give him a crippling injection then send him to prison!!! And what kinda lawyers would defend that bastard!!!

  16. 10 years!!!! they should cut off his c$^K
    January 28, 2010

    disgusting ….they should cut off his penis,,,,you’ll get what that coming for you in prison…prisoners hate men like you!!! you dog….

  17. LOL
    January 28, 2010

    Why are you all rejoicing so fast, first of all the guy didnt even have a lawyer, if he has any sense he would try for a successful appeal.

    most likely if he had a lawyer in the first place he would not have been convicted.

    This shows that our justice system is still a joke. There was virtually no defense!

  18. precious stones
    January 28, 2010

    Hummm they should lock that BASTARD up and throw away the keys. That dirty low life son of a gun… Them boys up in stockie must cause havoc in his butt… the Judge should make an example out of him 10yrs is too short… i’ll be praying so your soap can fall everyday.

  19. VEX
    January 28, 2010

    THEY SHOULD GIVE HIM 20 YEARS THAT IS WHY I DON’T TRUST NO ONE AROUND MY CHILD GOD HAS BLESS US WITH ONE CHILD AND SHE IS A GIRL
    EVERYONE SAID I MUST FREE UP THE CHILD … THAT IS MINE TO WATCH OVER AND THAT IS MY RIGHT.. TO ALL PARENTS OUT THERE PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE WATCH OVER YOUR CHILDREN.. TRUST NO ONE IT IS A SICK WORLD VERY SICK.. AND PRAY WITH THEM READ WITH THEM LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THE DANGERS OUT THERE

  20. HMMMM(1)
    January 28, 2010

    Poor child is going to grow up with such ugly memories. Hopes she gets counseling soon. There are so many sick people out there

  21. annie
    January 28, 2010

    Does Dominica have a system for registering sexual predators and pedophiles? If not, I think a list should be introduced in the State. This man should be on the list of sexual predators for interfering with an 8 year old child. What a monster!!!

  22. look joke
    January 28, 2010

    EEEWWWW poor baby girl…poor child!

  23. Sick-Bird
    January 28, 2010

    They should have given him 150 years in jail. I cant believe the court even
    waste their time listening to that crap. DON’T YOU KNOW THAT JAIL TIME IS
    WASTED TIME. BUT YOU WILL BE THINKING ABOUT YOUR ACTIONS. DOG

  24. January 28, 2010

    salopness ? that’s what u call it ? the man is a sick dog ,that swine am glad he get’s what was coming to him ,hope he never get’s out ,the dirty low down mother ————

  25. de caribbean change
    January 28, 2010

    For his ten years in jail, maybe we can play some cricket with his balls during that time. Don’t expect too many no-balls.

  26. shay
    January 28, 2010

    He get exactly what he look for! what stupidness is that? A big man like you making a young girl do those kind of things? Go let them do it in jail for you. And i hope he 3not goin jail just to rest and eat give his .. hard labour. every tent that needs to be put up in dominica he should be there to put it up!

  27. Master-B
    January 28, 2010

    Them man just dosent think ehe. now he is gonna spend 10 yrs of his life in jail. why he just didnt go jerk off if he was feein in the mood. that “Gabijero”/ Denosen should get more than that and HARD LABOUR to.

  28. Thoughtful
    January 28, 2010

    So he has been found guilty by a court of law but I think the punishment is to lenient. A strong message need to be sent to those who want to exploit children that it will be tolerated in Dominica.

  29. truth
    January 28, 2010

    what people fail to understand is that the man was given many chances by two diffrent lawyers to plead guilty but he did not….the man fire to lawyers so the Cottle had no choice but to send him to 10 years for waisting the courts time…….you go Cottle next case

  30. island girl
    January 28, 2010

    so what about the other cases of indecent assaultt where those men only got 3 yrs?????

  31. Fair & Square
    January 28, 2010

    It’s time to amend the Laws eh. Any act of sexual indiscretion should be met with a punishment of castration (I guess cut “kleet” for de females) – simple as that! To me custodial sentence is just wasting tax payers money to feed, clothe, provide medical care etc. for those sick ppl.

    People can say what dey want; but, that’s why I don’t send my child by nobody and I trust NOBODY around my child – NOBODY (not father, brother, cousin, nen-nen) bcuz is always those you trust that destroy your children’s innocence……..I’d like to believe that my close associates/family would not do something like that; but, evidence suggests that NOBODY should be trusted; so I going with evidence eh papa.

    The memories/effects of sexual abuse can never be erased. Even into adulthood, one has to be determined to succeed beyond the horrors of abuse; and that in itself is a lifelong struggle. The documentary “Child of Rage” (based on a true story) depicts what I speak of.

    Let me finish with that post eh because look my blood even start to boil. Lord help our kids!

  32. Barbie
    January 28, 2010

    Congrats Mr. Judge. For once i am pleased with your sentence…That’s the only way you will send a message to criminals. Once again…..congrats on a good sentence.

  33. VALDA BRUNO-DURAND
    January 28, 2010

    NOW MR JUDGE, I HOPE THIS SENTENCE WILL BE THE SAME FOR ALL WHO COME BEFORE YOU FOR SUCH MATTERS REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT POSITION THEY HOLD. I APPRECIATE THIS JUDGEMENT BUT I HONESTLY HOPE IT WILL APPLY ACCROSS THE BOARD FOR ALL THESE NASTY, SICK AND PERVERTED MEN WHO ARE MESSING WITH OUR CHILDREN. BY THE WAY IS THERE ALSO A SENTENCE FOR WIVES AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WHO KNOWINGLY CONDONE THESE MALICIOUS ACTS.

  34. blow my high
    January 28, 2010

    he should be emasculated then send to prison!

  35. Shinari
    January 28, 2010

    way to go judge. but please show some consistence. pleasssssssssssssse our children are hurting.

  36. Karkabeff
    January 28, 2010

    Ok, so now he is convicted when is the castration date? I will pay $1.00 for the balls to hang in the market with his picture and and a sign saying: “When u rape, molest or indecently assault our children, we will sell your balls for nothing. May the spirit of the ancestors be very pleased

  37. qstorm78
    January 28, 2010

    This man should get life..

  38. January 28, 2010

    This case is an example to all PARENTS out there to PROTECT their CHILDREN not only from strangers and criminals preying on them, but from family members and close friends also.

    Trust is kind of rare these days. Friends are not how they use to be before how you could trust them & how people would be loyal to each other.

    We are living in a sick world and parents have to be aware who they trust with their children cause trust can be easily betrayed.

    When these things happen to children they are traumatized and will never forget since kids are so smart now. Some men are just sick and need to be away from society since they don’t function like civilized human beings.

    He got 10 years for the offence but I personally would have liked to see that he got 20 YEARS!!!

    PARENTS PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN FROM ALL FORMS OF DANGER!!!

  39. Anonymous
    January 28, 2010

    Only ten years ????????????

  40. CHAMER
    January 28, 2010

    i hope that those that go futher and rape these young girls and women will wtart getting 20yrs and up for their actions and the muderers will start getting death sentences and all those that cause griveous bodily harm and intended muders will beging getting no less than 45 to life for their actions. well done mr /ms judge but if ten yrs turns out to be five please make it 20. let these wicked perverts and muderers and criminals begin to take notice. the wages of your action is prison for a long time please lets also not forget that castration is also an option

  41. Live
    January 28, 2010

    Itch Kaval

    That’s the way to treat htese bastards, 10yrs Go staright to Jail

    Great

  42. January 28, 2010

    Well I guess he got what he deserves dat NASTY man! How the hell could he do such an act on an 8 year old innocent child? The judge should give him 20 years!!!

  43. not enouth
    January 28, 2010

    they should have send him 50 years so wen he come out he cant get hard no more so he will not touch no more child

  44. L
    January 28, 2010

    potanse!

  45. Do the crime, do the time...
    January 28, 2010

    WONDERFUL!!! Let that be a resounding message to child molesters and other perverts out there that the criminal justice system in Dominica is finally making serious changes toward cracking down on their disgusting behavior.

    Now, who’s next in line for a ten year sentence?

  46. briee
    January 28, 2010

    ten years is not enough if it was me that was that girl parent and they sentence him 1o years i will take it to the privy concel, thats not right, 8yrs of age.

  47. What else
    January 28, 2010

    He got exactly what he deserved. I know if that was my child i would be at stockfarm awaiting trial for causing GRIEVOUS bodily harm

  48. KKK fan
    January 28, 2010

    What salopness is that nah?

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