Child rapist’s 28-year jail sentence upheld by Court of Appeal

Convicted child rapist, Colvin Norton

The Court of Appeal (CoA) in Guyana’s capital on Monday rejected an appeal from a 28-year-old man convicted in 2018 of raping a six-year-old girl left in his care.   

Before the CoA led by acting Chancellor of the Judiciary Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Colvin Norton, 28, argued that his convictions were unsafe and that his sentence was severe.  

When he was 19, Norton first sexually penetrated the child on August 1, 2013, and then again on August 6, 2013, while he was at her mother’s home.  

Trial Judge Jo Ann Barlow imposed a 24-year prison sentence on the first count of rape. As it relates to the second count of rape, he was jailed for 28 years.    

The High Court Judge ordered that the two sentences be served concurrently, and that the sex offender be exposed to programmes to aid in his rehabilitation for reintegration into society.  

On Monday, December 12, the appellate court delivered its unanimous decision, dismissing Norton’s appeal and thereby affirming the rapist’s convictions and jail sentences.  

While no information on how the first act of rape was committed, Justice Cummings-Edwards disclosed that on August 6, 2013, the girl’s mother was outside washing clothes when Norton, who is known to the family, approached her and inquired of when she would finish.  

When the woman told him that she had a while, Norton went inside of the home. The child’s mother later went inside and caught Norton on top of her daughter, raping her. As such, she raised an alarm by screaming and Norton ran out of the house and made good his escape.  

He was later arrested and charged.   

 Besides the acting Chancellor, Justices of Appeal Dawn Gregory-Barnes and Rishi Persaud also adjudicated in this matter. The convict, on the other hand, was represented by Attorneys-at-Law Dexter Todd and Dexter Smartt.  

Norton is likely to appeal his matter further to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)– Guyana’s court of last resort.


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