Saturday 30 May, 2020

Cab driver convicted of sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl

Cab driver convicted of sexual assault

Cab driver convicted of sexual assault

A taxi operator from St Thomas was on Friday convicted of forcible abduction and rape of an 11-year-old girl.


Allegations are that the taxi driver, Delton Smikle, even tried to bribe family members of the victim after they found out about the incident, offering to buy them a phone to keep quiet.


A seven-member jury on Friday returned a unanimous verdict of guilty against Smikle after only 20 minutes of deliberation.


Smikle is to be sentenced on September 22 in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston by High Court judge, Justice Sonia Wint-Blair.


Evidence was led in the trial in court that Smikle was hired to transport the victim and her sisters to school daily.

However, on November 28, 2012, he reportedly dropped off the victims' elder sisters at their school before driving the 11-year-old to his home.


There he allegedly pulled the child, the head girl at her school, into his house and had sexual intercourse with her.

The child reported the matter to members of her family, who confronted Smikle, who allegedly offered to purchase a cellular phone for the family in exchange for the matter not to be reported to the police.


The offer was not taken up, and the matter was reported to the police, resulting in Smikle being arrested and charged.


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