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.