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Sep 6, 2006

Rapist will serve seven and a half yrs. for attack

Story PictureTwenty-two year old Sheldon Baptist, who is presently serving time at Hattieville Prison, was informed today that he will not be released anytime soon. This morning, the convicted burglar was also sentenced for unlawful carnal knowledge and threats of death following an incident that occurred in Burrell Boom Village in early January of 2005.

Baptist, who appeared before Supreme Court Justice Troadio Gonzales, was given six years for the rape of a fifteen year old girl and eighteen months each for two death threats to the minor.

The victim reported that last year in early January she was in her yard when she was suddenly knocked unconscious. The teenager told the court that when she awakened she was two blocks away from her house and that there was a man with her. The attacker was later identified as Baptist.

The minor reported that she began fighting off Baptist and then tried to run but Baptist caught her and punched her several times, then stuffed a shirt in her mouth and raped her.

The young girl says after she was attacked, Baptist threatened her saying that if she told anyone about the rape, she would be killed.

The jury of six women and three men deliberated for three hours and returned with the unanimous verdict of guilty on all three counts.

Following his current sentence which is scheduled to finish on July tenth, 2008, Baptist will start serving a combined total of seven and a half years, since the two eighteen month sentences will run concurrently. Baptist was represented by attorney Lionel Welch while the case for the crown was successfully presented by former journalist Audrey Matura.

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