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Mar 6, 2009

Bartender gets ten year sentence for Rape

Story PictureOn February twenty-seventh he was found guilty of raping a Canadian woman and today Jimmy Jerry Espat was sentenced to ten years behind bars for the crime. Justice Adolph Lucas heard mitigation pleas from three Santa Elena residents on behalf of the thirty year old mason and bartender who testified that Espat was a good person and wasn’t known to be a trouble maker. But still, Justice Lucas, in handing down the sentence, spoke of two past incidents in which convicted persons were to spend almost thirty years in prison but had their sentences reduced by over half in the Court of Appeals. The justice also said that people like Espat give the country a black eye because the victim was Canadian. The incident occurred on April first, 2007 in Santa Elena when the victim and Espat left a club presumably to go to his mother’s house. But they did not get there and when they reached the graveyard, Espat made sexual advances on the woman who tried to get away but was attacked. Espat then took advantage of her and raped her. He appeared unrepresented in court while Crown Counsel Trienia Young represented the prosecution.


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