UPDATE: 71-year-old gets 10 years for buggery, unlawful sex with minor

court71-year-old Vivian Nichols, who pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual intercourse with a minor has been jailed for ten years.

The incident happened in July 2013 and Nichols at that time was 68 years old and the child was eight. He was charged with buggery and unlawful sexual intercourse.

The facts are that the mother of the child sent her and other siblings to their grandfather’s home and left for Roseau.

The child then went Nichols’ home, a short distance away, to pick fruits in the yard.

He then invited her into the house, held her by her the hand and led her into his bedroom.

He placed her on her back and proceeded to have intercourse with her.

Meanwhile, the child’s six-year-old brother, upon not seeing her and knowing she had gone to get fruits, went in search of her in the yard.

On arrival at Nichol’s home, he noticed the front door was closed.

He then went under the house, looked through an opening in the floor and noticed that the door to Nichols’ bedroom was open.

He looked through the door and saw Nichols on his sister.

The boy went for his twin sister and when they returned, they saw Nichols opening the front door and their sister standing in the bedroom door.

They questioned her and she said, “me and Uncle Pitou was sexing.”

They left and when their mother returned the brother told her what he saw. The mother immediately spoke to all three children and then went to the police.

The child was examined by a medical doctor and spent 10 days as a patient at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

“I begging sorry for what I done…Please forgive me. First time I coming there,” Nichols told the court on Friday.

The judge labeled his actions ” abhorrent and cruel” and said the sentence must send a clear message.

Under law he must set a nominal sentence and he set both at 15 years each. Since Nichols pleaded guilty, the judge, according to law must reduce the sentence by 1/ 3 which brings it to 10 years.

The judge sentenced him to 10 years on each count to run concurrently, meaning he will spend 10 years in jail.

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81 Comments

  1. Petria Ma Gooz
    March 15, 2016

    And…. wait for it!

    Dominican citizens in UAE can have sex freely and legally with kids at any age!! All they have to do is to marry the kids and guess what? There is no minimum age for the kids to marry.

    So folks, we are taking money for our passports from people who have sex with kids and (as the Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt told us recently) are Dominicans just like those born here!

    Disgusting!!

    • It is like Dominica does not have enough of their kind – child abusers and perverts – so now they are being imported!

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

  2. March 14, 2016

    This highlights the need for a review and revision of the laws governing sexual assaults against children.

    What is needed is:

    Definitely more severe penalties including longer prison sentences, possible castration, and the possibility of the death penalty for raping a child.

    An online registry for convicted sex offenders including the name, picture, DOB , crime, and penalty.

    Immediate professional counseling for victims (a) to heal the present emotional hurt, and (b) to avoid problems later in life.

    Professional counseling for convicts before they are released again into society (if they are released).

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  3. March 14, 2016

    Unless this crime against a child is a rare thing in Dominica it may say something about the social atmosphere of the country.

    What I am hearing is simply this.

    It is unsafe to allow a child to go anywhere alone and unsupervised by a parent or trustworthy adult. Needless to say a child should not be on the street hanging out or going somewhere unsupervised after dark.

    Children must be taught at home AND in school the basic rules of personal safety. They must learn what NOT to do and what NOT to allow.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  4. abc
    March 14, 2016

    parents stop make all u kids call people uncle ..uncle makes them family makes kids feel safe because its their uncle .for respect let them say ‘sir’ .dont let ur kids become so friendly with those so called uncles….some parents like to say look ur uncle so and so …all d child have to say is good morning sir .kids aren’t stupid train ur children to act differently with family and adult strangers or neighbors .stop make men who aren’t family hug or pick up or carry ur little girlls .be vigilante people open ur eyes !

  5. Never shameful
    March 14, 2016

    But one thing lil D/a have a lot of is rapist an child molesters. .
    Jah will get you all one by one don’t you worry.
    To the next rapist an child molester don’t you worry your turn is coming soon.
    Best you try take way yourself. ( if u get what I’m saying ) take way yourself .
    Your turn coming jah go find you.

  6. March 14, 2016

    This ugly old man should be sentence in prison for life, because when his release at 81, he might rape another child again. This ugly old man deserves to die in prison. May God have mercy on his soul.

  7. jazz53
    March 13, 2016

    Read between the lines! This petty sentence is to prepare you for the pending cases before the courts !!!.

  8. But why?
    March 13, 2016

    Was this man evaluated by a psychiatrist to determine his level of insanity?? There must be something wrong with him. It would be helpful to know what he was thinking to do this.

    What type of fruits is an 8 year old going to pick in someone’s yard, all by herself? and she seemed to be accustomed to this, even knowing the name of what they were supposedly doing? I have so many questions for this man and little girl! and why is it buggery he was charged with?

    Without intending to judge this child’s parents, who placed her on Earth: it is not hard to understand that children without good parental supervision are the likely victims of sexual crimes. As long as parents or guardians are not available to guide and direct their children, these children become easy targets for those who are sex addicts or they become vulnerable to those who show them a little love, even if the intention was not to cause harm in the first place.

    Hope the prison sentence can rehabilitate this…

  9. Wapapa
    March 12, 2016

    Government needs to find out if theirs any other victims. It might not be the only child. Dude you are sick.

  10. K
    March 12, 2016

    I would sentence the person that give the man only ten year life time in prison .seriously

  11. wisewoman
    March 12, 2016

    This child has waited too long for justice and still didn’t get any! The court needs to deal with cases like this much faster and these judges need to rethink the sentences they give. Ten years isn’t enough time for the crimes committed and I can only hope that what he did to her will be done to him every day while he is incarcerated,( just to insure that he doesn’t forget why he’s there). A man who has sex with a cow in Dominica stands to serve more time than one who completely destroys a child. How is it an 8 year old knows about sexing? Had she suffered similar abuse before?
    There should be no delay in instituting Family Court where judges who serve have special knowledge of the damage these monsters do to our children.
    Dominica, be ashamed!! I am so fed up.

    • March 14, 2016

      This should remind you again of the need for special child and family courts where cases can be heard within three months and not have to wait almost three years.

      Witnesses sometimes move away.

      Witnesses have a tendency to ”forget”.

      Witnesses get tampered with. Bribery happens. People change their stories.

      Victims should be in counseling quickly getting the help they need mandated and supervised by the court.

      Child and family courts should have judges especially trained in the psychological damage sexual abuse does to a child and the problems this creates later in life. Psychologists and social workers with the same training would hopefully be available to such courts.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist. (Pastoral Counselor Certificate)

  12. kim
    March 12, 2016

    You do the crime is time to do the time.While you jail you have time think of the mistake you have done.

  13. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 11, 2016

    The sentence is a joke!

    If my theory is correct: since a night in jail is considered the same as a day in jail, as in his case sentence to ten years, means he might be released in five years, less than five if his conduct, and behavior is good throughout the duration of the sentence.

    It appear the pedophile might be out in less than five years; since the sentence is served concurrently. Justice would have served if he was ordered to serve the sentence back to back, he should serve ten years, and at the end of that commenced serving the other ten, ensuring when he is released he would be in his early nineties, or die in jail!

    “I begging sorry for what I done…Please forgive me. First time I coming there,” Nichols told the court on Friday.”( The pedophile).

    Those are the words of an illiterate mentality demented animal who has no idea that he has damage a child for the rest of her life!

  14. Face the Facts
    March 11, 2016

    This is a disgrace. A 71 year-old man who obviously has children, grandchildren and great grands would think of doing something like that with an 8 year-old. It is sickening. Shame!
    She knows about sexting. Must have learned this through TV or Radio. Some of them know more than adults.
    If he lives long in prison, when he is released he will be 81 years-old.
    When these men realize that they will be charged, others who also know it will not take such a chance.
    No hush money. Just throw them in jail and hopefully they will learn a lesson.

    • Thom
      March 12, 2016

      So why do you advocate different treatment for the alleged crime committed
      Why don’t you keep your trap shut!

      It is ok for high ranking politicians who have the backing of the judicial system to violate young children but not ok for au pets t do the same?

      I wonder how these law dope would react if this vile act had been done to their children .

      Bishop of Dominica
      I need your comments on this latest development. Thank you

      DNO
      I wish I could put in print what my thoughts are about The Facts person, but I appreciate that you will not print it.

  15. Dominican Gal
    March 11, 2016

    He should ask for “Judicial Review”!!!!! Im just saying, if it is good for one it sure is good for another!

    I have no tolerance.

  16. Caretaker
    March 11, 2016

    You all are completely out of form. The sufferer is the little innocent child and not you and I. no JAIL BECAUSE YOU WORK FOR GOVERNMENT. NO jail business you stayed and work to pay compensation for the child well being. GOOD EDUCATION, college fees, medical fees and so on. How do you rectify the damage you have done when well protected in a five Starr hotel in STORK FARM

  17. Not Me Alone
    March 11, 2016

    The sad thing about it is, this 71 year old man can boldly say Not me alone doing it. he can say younger ones doing it; No name men doing it and BIG MEN with big titles doing it too! Poor men doing it as well as rich men that can offer $500K hush money. These days police doing it, farmers doing it, politicians doing it and men that hold very high offices doing it too. This 71 year old Must feel very proud of himself to be on a boat with so many high ranking dignitaries.

    The only thing he should feel bad for is, while he at age 71, and does not have much left remaining, he could be sent to stockfarm for 10 years to rest and retire, while some young, rich, popular gentleman, who has much to offer DA, could stop his case from being read. Well not just that, but this 71 year old can say, some of the richest and most popular individuals have done the very same thing and did not even get a phone call from the police.

  18. Danziger
    March 11, 2016

    And they doh even have zouti at his age it die like a midi moin quart bell, bang, bang,bang. E pa sa dobout.

  19. mine
    March 11, 2016

    this man is a monster to do this to a child who calls you uncle. There so be no mercy for what he did, no wonder people take the law into their hands when things happen to their children, He should gotten the full thirty years behind bars not 1/3.

  20. eat em
    March 11, 2016

    When he gets out he will wish that he had stayed in Jail. Cause………….

  21. Dominican Born
    March 11, 2016

    I personally would give him my sentence when he comes out from jail

  22. Peace
    March 11, 2016

    An 8 year old child??? A 68 year old man doing that to an 8 year old child? And he has the never to say first time he coming here … yes, it may be your first time someone dragging you before the court, but without know you I am 100% certain she was not your first victim. Sorry excuse for a human being.

  23. Not a herd follower
    March 11, 2016

    DNO, the sentence was reduced by one third, which means the convict faced a possible 20 years in age, not ten years as your article states. The man was sentenced to ten years for each charge. Because the sentences are to run concurrently, he will spend only 10 years in jail, which is ridiculous given the gravity of the crime.

  24. March 11, 2016

    Why not 10 years on each count to run consecutively, that would be much better considering the nature of the crime. 20 years even sounds lenient considering the age of the child.

    • The sentences that might send a message are not even on the table.

      Is it not time to consider execution, castration, and public whippings :?:

      These are children we are talking about. Precious lives with a future ahead of them facing a lifetime of emotional scares and pain.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

  25. CH 5
    March 11, 2016

    10 yrs is not enough. Smh

  26. %
    March 11, 2016

    Since 2013,and is only now the case was heard…This country’s institutions have failed us BIG TIME…! If this is the way we are dealing with the VICIOUS ASSAULTS ON OUR LITTLE CHILDREN…,well we are doomed….So many sickening things on this island,and only lip service is being paid to them.

  27. Lost
    March 11, 2016

    Why would a mother leave a twin age 6 and and daughter age 8 in a house by themselves. Sorry i am not picking up for him but that story don’t add up to me. So author please re-write cause ur raising alot of unanswered questions.

    • Face the Facts
      March 11, 2016

      Did the article not state that the mother brought them to their grand father’s house and the little girl went to the man’s yard to pick fruits? It appears the grandfather was at his house.
      Children will be children. They love fruits and love to pick them to eat. She innocently made a mistake to go to that man’s yard.

    • MUDD
      March 12, 2016

      It’s not adding up for you cause you can’t read!!!!!!!1

    • Anonymous
      March 12, 2016

      She didn’t leave them by themselves. She left them at their grandfather’s, so she could go to Roseau.

    • A True Patriot........
      March 12, 2016

      She sent them by a relative…..The question is not wether she left them on their but why would a big man be so cruel to take advantage of this innocent child…Thats the issue here lets be real and deal with the situation at hand….

    • Read before you type ...
      March 13, 2016

      “The facts are that the mother of the child sent her and other siblings to their grandfather’s home and left for Roseau”

    • Ideal
      March 13, 2016

      As stated it say “The facts are that the mother of the child sent her and other siblings to their grandfather’s home and left for Roseau. please read the article carefully again. This is so sad, this has been happening in Dominica all the time. I am so glad that the kids today are speaking out because we were afraid to talk before.

      • Lost
        March 14, 2016

        This story is nothing but hear say. It is not facts my dear. Like I said I am not condoning what he did. But what the author wrote is nothing but hear say. I would love to read the courts transcript. I meant to say how can an adult send their kids off alone to walk the street alone. My 6 and 8 year old won’t be going no where with out me carrying them. Cause I have heard a lot about this case and nothing adds up. I want real evidence. There are times when people are beaten to say they are guilty of a crime they did not commit. Remember that to.

        ADMIN: What the author wrote was from transcript of the case read in court.

  28. Leila
    March 11, 2016

    He should have had 5 attorneys representing him……..

  29. happychick.
    March 11, 2016

    These pigs know the law will be easy on them, that’s why they continue to take advantage, but lord knows if that was my child….. this story makes me sick. I am very mad now.

  30. March 11, 2016

    Oh no thats madness. Adults what have our children done to deserve such gruesome treatment. Ah magwaysa! Parents protect your kids. Teach them how to be brave and fight the devil. I remember as a child my grandparents and mother always warn me about those vultures so I was always banday for them. I trained my children the same way and Thank God I’ve had good success.

  31. shay
    March 11, 2016

    “me and Uncle Pitou was sexing”…that just crawled my skin and made me sick to my stomach. You took advantage of that poor child. 10 years is not enough for u sick pig.

  32. Believer
    March 11, 2016

    We need to pray fervently for Dominica. I know that you do not like us to make reference to prayers, but we do need divine intervention.

    Papa Bondiet I beg you to cleanse my country of its evil ways.
    Amen

    • Face the Facts
      March 11, 2016

      Who does not like reference to prayers? Only the godless I suppose. People have to be reminded over and over again to pray for themselves, for their country and nationals. I have stated it many times and so have some others. If we do not pray what will happen to the world in general and our environment?
      As God is taking note, the godly wise person prays, loves to pray and to get others to pray. If you feel a call to do so, it is from the Holy Spirit.

    • Shameless
      March 12, 2016

      This is the continuation to the “no law no constitution curse”. God help us all in Dca.

      Always Assertive! :twisted:

  33. again
    March 11, 2016

    “me and Uncle Pitou was sexing.”? :(
    When will we be able to leave our children around “uncles” and feel confident that they’ll be safe? when?

  34. IamAnIDiot
    March 11, 2016

    Hmmm…how does a child that age even know what sex”ing” is

    • A True Patriot........
      March 12, 2016

      thats not the point @IamAnIDiot…..

  35. March 11, 2016

    71 years old ,that is the reason why I said to change the law make sure that the new law states no prescription for sexual abuse because if at that age this man is doing such a thing ,this child might not be his first victim,,he might not be the only old man who is abusing children and is still continuing if they are not stopped ..He should consider this child as his own child…it is a disgrace…

  36. March 11, 2016

    Well think people he is 71 he was sentenced to 10 years this might just be a death sentence.

  37. Reader
    March 11, 2016

    10 years alone?!?!

  38. star
    March 11, 2016

    Jah boy , i pray to God that I would not end up in any situation like that because this man would not even be standing muchless to ask for mercy. Wat if that child become mentally ill on his account. Fire burn dem criminals. I vex of that story dere.

  39. Concerned 2
    March 11, 2016

    Is the same damn thing!!! 10 years!!!…. SMFH… nothing to protect our children… But God forbid if no one mess with my daughter I will take matters in my own hands… the system does nothing to satisfy the injured party….

  40. dady b
    March 11, 2016

    if this was my little boy the police would have to look to fond me for he would be deed i mran deed . that mant talking about people rights for man and man sould be jail if the pm would give that right DA fall for real i will be telling every body bad about DA us man have respect for criation and the fathers world thank you

  41. zuma
    March 11, 2016

    Castration castration castration. Send him below ground in an unforgotten cell which in France in the 30s was known as the oublieret (forget);. Where one was sentened to imprisonment and forgotten completely . Despicable scum..

  42. March 11, 2016

    This is a shame for Dominica ,all the political representatives and all the law representatives…this is not faire at all for the child ,the families and the entire society…I could understand if that child was 15 or 16 ,at list I would that he or she was big enough to say no,but a child of 8 yrs old? This man is a danger to the society .If one day this man can’t find a child he will rape an handicap or an old person.I personally would sacrifice my life whether by taking the death penalty or a very long term imprisonment if this child was my child.I have always said that the Islamic laws are quite shocking but if he was in an Islamic country he would have not even received his last meal,he would be already dead.What is the gov’t waiting for to stiffen the laws to suit the crimes ,Dominica is becoming like England where people from all walks of life rape children .Is 10 years a sentence after a man rapes an 8 yr. old child? Where is Dominica heading to lord ? LORD we need help .

  43. Shameless
    March 11, 2016

    Here we go again with another hard back enviolaying a baby. You see, we all try not to advocate violence but imagine you being the father and there listening to this man asking for mercy and actually getting it in a reduced sentence? I pray god that none of the kids in my family will not be molested and violated in this way because the hangman will come back to life just to finish me after I finish my job with the accused person.

    This country is sick to the bone and all we are concerned about is making it a political thing. If this trend does not stop fathers will have to take matters in their own hands to protect the vulnerable ones. We need changes to the law like yesterday and make it retroactive by one year at lest. God help Ma Dominique and her children. This is just so shameful.:twisted: :twisted:

    Always Assertive!

  44. Tulip
    March 11, 2016

    The men in Dominica are just sick

    • only me
      March 14, 2016

      Not only Dominica, and not all men. Some men around the world are sick

  45. March 11, 2016

    OMG. Why are the judges of Dominica so lenient with these gutless people?. After all, an 8 yr old? What did this man see in an eight year old boy. Doesn’t that child have family. If that child was part of my family, this man would not be standing in front of an earthly judge, fill in the blank.

  46. Lillian
    March 11, 2016

    Seriously, that’s all he got after damaging the innocence of an 8 year old who is scarred for the rest of his/her life. Give me a freaking break. I know god forgave us, but that punishment is nowhere enough for the crime perpetuated against this child. Give me a freaking break!!!!!Am so pissed right now.

  47. kim
    March 11, 2016

    hmmmmmm begging for mercy going to qualify him to go free without punishment fire burn him since 2013 he should sit and think of your actions and how it affect the youth how that maybe affect his life up till today and beyond……if you do the crime then you deserve to pay a price that fit

  48. Rescue 911
    March 11, 2016

    Thank you dno for telling us.you’re just the reporter.But the entire court of law must go to hell

  49. Jessie Lewis, RGN
    March 11, 2016

    Terrible! Why the anus? Must have hurt the kid like crazy. This man must serve the maximum sentence and should have all his genitals removed by order of a court.

    • Dominican
      March 11, 2016

      So when they test her they will see her hymen in in tact? I am assuming

      • Do Not Validate
        March 13, 2016

        Yes.. that was the man’s plan it seems!!!

    • Do Not Validate
      March 13, 2016

      Correction – genitals ‘destoyed’, by order of a court.

  50. Just Blaze
    March 11, 2016

    I really wonder what going on with these men in Dominica. An 8 year old you going after man. You know the kind of psychological damage that child going to grow up with. These Dominican men are just some nasty pieces of you know what. If you want to bull go and find a adult to bull with. So much man that bulling in Dominica. This man should get the death penalty in my opinion. So crimes you just cannot have mercy for. and that is one of them.

    • Face the Facts
      March 11, 2016

      I believe she had no idea that he would do something as that. I am wondering why she did not shout to her brother. He must have told her to keep quiet and promised her something else to keep her quiet.

  51. Ebbe weh
    March 11, 2016

    So if is 10 years in less than no time he out. And perhaps in the same village or community where the child from. So all the painful memories will be invoked….. then what happens next? Fearful child, angry child, sad and depressed child. All you seeing where I going with this? There is no cure for that level of abuse, jail doesn,t solve dem kine of crises. There must be another way….

  52. FBI Agent
    March 11, 2016

    Boy that curse continues to affect us. Minors continue to be victims of criminals. Sometimes ago, before the can of worms was opened in late February, I wondered if is because a man cannot get a to have sex with a grown woman that leads him to having it with a minor when his pipe gets turned on; but when I thought of the three men who were alleged to be involved in inappropriate behavior with a minor, I realized I was so wrong because all three alleged men could afford to have sex with a different grown woman every day. In Fact I am hearing there are more that are involved with minors that are still at large and they hold top positions in society.
    So what’s the problem? It’s more than satanic and more than poverty.
    However, to get rid of this will take more than the PM meeting with the church. It will take people being jailed regardless of what position they hold. In fact those in top positions should even face a steeper penalty. No one should be allowed to seek judicial review.

  53. Not a herd follower
    March 11, 2016

    An 8-year old, man? You lucky you got only 10 years in prison.

  54. eat em
    March 11, 2016

    “Vivian Nichols has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to buggery and having unlawful sexual intercourse with an eight-year-old child.” So, if I understand it correctly, he committed two crimes? Ok then – So, one can go to jail for “Buggery?” How nice!!! Jail is where they should do it.

  55. Victor Meldrew
    March 11, 2016

    Sorry? Is that all this vile creature mascarading for a human, can say. What mercy did he show that innocent 8year baby while raping him or her. 10years is nowhere enough, he should rot in jail for eternity.

  56. ♚ El Guapo™ ♚
    March 11, 2016

    Well that’s a start. :!:

  57. papa
    March 11, 2016

    8 years child they should send him 10×8 80 yrs so he will never do it again

    • Shortie
      March 11, 2016

      You hit that nail right on the head! That is what he should have gotten!!!

  58. me
    March 11, 2016

    Why does it take three years to come to court?

  59. wow…. eight year old ….. :oops: ….Do our country have a sex problem :?:

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