Out of a possible 41 years in jail, Webster Edmond will be behind bars for a maximum of 8 years and nine months after he pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, unlawful sexual intercourse, possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life and possession of firearm with intent to endanger life.
He also initially faced charges of abduction and indecent assault but these were withdrawn by the prosecution after he pleaded guilty to the other charges.
Reports indicate that Edmond kidnapped a school girl on February 17th, 2011 and kept her in the bush in Clark Hall, Layou for 40 days until he was captured by police on March 28th, 2011.
On the first day of the trial on February 4, 2013, having heard the testimony of the minor, his attorney, Peter Alleyne, requested that the indictments be re-read to him.
Edmond changed his plea to guilty to four of the six charges he originally faced and he pleaded not guilty to abduction and indecent assault.
The State, represented by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gene Pestaina, along with State Attorney, Clement Joseph, withdrew the abduction and indecent assault charges, as according to Pestaina, they would attract no further penalties.
During the trial the young girl, who was 15 years old at the time of the incident, spoke about her “traumatic ordeals” and told the court, “I would still see him in my mind while at school and sometimes they remind me of it at school.”
It was also revealed in court that Edmond engaged in sexual intercourse with the child everyday, sometimes twice per day.
In sentencing Edmond on Friday, High Court Judge, Bernie Stephenson, labeled the incident as “the worst crime perpetuated on a young girl in this country.” She also stated that “the aggravating aspects of the case clearly outweighed the mitigating factors.”
Edmond she stated “expressed no remorse for his actions and was more concerned of his deprived liberty.”
Justice Stephenson described his actions as “serious which need a lengthy sentence.”
In his mitigation, Edmond’s lawyer, Peter Alleyne, explained that his client was exposed to physical abuse as a child from his father and was merely trying to assist the young child.
He stated that Edmond was not a pedophile but Justice Stephenson strongly disagreed, stating that child was subject to inhumane conditions and several sexual assaults.
Before sentencing Edmond, she cited several authorities on case law as it relates to the offences.
She also stated that she was concerned about the sexual abuse of young girls, the gravity of the offence, the public’s disapproval and the need to protect women and children against such offences.
On the charge of kidnapping which carries a maximum 7 years in jail, he was sentenced to 4 years with a 20 percent reduction which amounted to three years and two months. For unlawful sexual intercourse, the maximum penalty is 14 years but Edmond was jailed for 7 years with 20 percent reduction which amounted to 5½ years.
The sentences for kidnapping and unlawful sexual intercourse are to run consecutively.
The charge of possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and possession of firearm with intent to endanger life also carries a maximum of 10 years.
But on both charges he received jail sentences for 4 years each with a 20 percent reduction which makes it three years and two months to run concurrently.
So, he has to serve a total of 8 years nine months in jail effective September 2012.
This is not the first time Edmond will be serving time behind bars for breaking the law.
In 2001, he was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He had also received a five week sentence for possession of marijuana after he pleaded guilty to four charges; possession of 67 grams of Marijuana, and possession of marijuana with intent to supply, the unlawful possession of a firearm, and the unlawful possession of ammunition.