Harold Tyson, who was found guilty on one count of buggery, has been sentenced to five (5) years imprisonment.
A nine-member jury returned a unanimous verdict on 17 January 2017. The victim was male and above the age of consent.
After being found guilty, a social inquiry report was ordered by Justice Victoria Charles-Clarke.
That report stated that Tyson, a former member of the Marigot Village Council as well as a former scout’s troop leader, was very active in his community and always worked with young children.
Defence Counsel Wayne Norde, who represented Tyson, said in his plea in mitigation that Tyson was deeply sorry for what he had done and asked the judge to be lenient and temper justice with mercy.
Justice Victoria Charles Clarke stated that she had considered both the aggravating and mitigating factors, before sentencing.
She noted that the fact that Tyson was physically and emotionally abused as a child was considered, that the victim was above the age of consent, and that Tyson had no previous convictions were all examined.
She noted that however, Tyson has shown no remorse for his actions, and the fact that the crime was premediated, since Tyson waited until the victim fell asleep before he committed the crime, and that penetration was involved were also considered.
Justice Clarke added that the victim is now psychologically affected, as well as isolated as he has very few friends left and is largely ostracized by his community.
He also reportedly refuses to leave his house on many occasions unless it is necessary, and gets really angry and sick at times.
The sentencing started at seven years, with the time Tyson has already spent on remand being deducted; thus Tyson will spend five years in jail.