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Dec 16, 2009

Mother of alleged rape victim speaks out…

Story PictureThere have been constant cries by NGO’s and parents against the sexual abuse of children. Those voices are joined tonight by the cry from a distraught single mother who wants justice for her daughter. On Monday a jury of nine found San Pedro resident, twenty-eight year old Winston Sharshente, not guilty of the Carnal Knowledge of the young girl who at the time was merely eleven years old. The mother gave testimony in the Supreme Court of Justice Michelle Arana recalling that she had surprised Sharshente in the act. The girl also gave compelling evidence telling the court how she was dragged into her mother’s bedroom and that Sharshente forced himself on her and threatened to stab her with a knife if she resisted. A doctor also testified that the child, who is now thirteen years old, was carnally known. The jury, however, was not swayed by the testimonies and after deliberating for two hours, they found the San Pedro resident not guilty. The thirty-five year old mother is still in shock at the outcome of the case. In an interview today with News Five the mother gave her recollection of what allegedly happened on the night of September second, two years ago. Because of the sensitivity of the case and for the protection of the child, the mother’s identity has been concealed.

Mother of Alleged Raped Victim
“I was at the park with Winston Sharshente and then he told me he was going to be back. I asked him Winston where are you going? He told me I gwein buy something. I ask him what he gwein buy and he told me I gwein buy something. I keep insisting and then he told me he gwein buy weed and I wah come back. I waited like maybe fifteen, twenty minutes and he didn’t arrive and then I decided to go home. I told my friend that was with me, I told him I’m leaving and I I’m going home. When I reached I opened my door and I entered the kitchen, then I entered the room and then I looked at my daughter’s bed and she wasn’t there. I opened the bathroom door, she wasn’t there either. Then I pulled my curtain and then I saw Winston having sex with my daughter.”

Duane Moody
“You ran when you saw what happened. Why did you run?”

Mother of Alleged Raped Victim
“I was in shock, I was in shock. I never expected Winston doing that to my daughter.”

Duane Moody
“How long did you know Winston for?”

Mother of Alleged Raped Victim
“I got to know Winston in 1999. I never thought he was gonna hurt my daughter like that. He had me by my shoulder and he told me what you saw, you imagined it. And then I told him no and he took me back home. I ask myself every night, what was the problem with those jurors, what come into their minds or I don’t know. I’m asking myself that question what happened there because the doctor was there, the police was there, my daughter and I and to the bottom of my heart I know he is guilty.”

Duane Moody
“What are these allegations that you guys were in an argument and then you accused him of the rape?”

Mother of Rape Victim
“That is a lie. How can I do that to my daughter? How will the doctor go ahead and say she was raped and when she was not? She was raped that night.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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