A 17-year jail sentence was imposed on a 56-year-old man found guilty of child rape.
Donald Chan also known as “Dano”, of Lot R Cullen, Essequibo Coast, had been on trial for the offence before Justice Jo Ann Barlow at the High Court in Suddie.
He was indicted on two counts. Between December 1 and 31, 2020, he engaged in sexual penetration with a seven-year-old girl in Cullen, Essequibo Coast.
Upon his arraignment, Chan had pleaded not guilty to the charges but was later found guilty by a mixed 12-member jury panel which deliberated for close to two hours.
In the end, the sex offender was sentenced to do 17 years’ imprisonment on each of the two counts. The sentences, however, will run concurrently, which means he will serve only 17 years.