Man pleads guilty to kidnapping, having sex with minor

Monday, February 04, 2013

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ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Webster Edmond will return to court on March 1 for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping, unlawful sexual intercourse, possession of ammunition and possession of firearm with intent to endanger life of a minor whom he held captive for 40 days nearly two years ago.

But Edmond pleaded not guilty to abduction and indecent assault in the case and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Gene Pestaina withdrew the two charges on the grounds that they would attract no further penalties.

The court was told that on February 17, 2011, Edmond kidnapped the minor whose name cannot be published and referred to as Jane Doe with the intent to have sexual intercourse with her.

In her testimony, the minor said that she had known the defendant for about five years and on the day of the incident she was on her way to school when she heard someone saying “pst pst” from the bushes.

She said she later saw the accused walking towards her with what appeared to be a gun slung over his shoulder.

She said when she attempted the run the defendant grabbed her hand, told her she wasn’t going anywhere, and took her into a bushy area across the main road.

The minor said that at the time she was shocked and asked the defendant where he was taking her while she continued walking in front of him as he gave directives as to where to walk.

She said she later noticed a wooden house which they entered and where he had sexual intercourse with her. She said she asked the defendant why he was doing that to her and he told her it was because of her mother and reminded her of an incident which happened long ago.

The minor said she attempted to escape during the 40 days she was held captive telling the court that the accused had sex with her daily in several different locations.

She said the police rescued her on March 28 and both shocked and happy when Sergeant Mathew Cuffy identified himself to her in the presence of the accused who was now in police custody.

The minor said that since the incident in 2011, she has been having nightmares and sometimes have to visit the Acute Psychiatric Unit.

She told the court she did not at anytime agree to go with the defendant nor did she agree to have sex with him.




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