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‘Predator’ jailed for 8 years

By AZARD ALI Thursday, November 1 2012

A MAN described as a “predator” by a High Court judge, was jailed yesterday for eight years, for indecent assault on a woman whom he also attempted to rob.

Justice Malcolm Holdip, presiding in the San Fernando High Court, also ordered Paul Vincent, 33, of La Brea Trace, Siparia, to attend anger management counselling session in prison, for it was the second time yesterday he had been jailed for indecent assault on a woman.

Last week, a jury found Vincent guilty on both counts. In passing sentence yesterday the judge told him, that the court has a role to protect society, especially women and children.

Vincent was found guilty by a jury of the crimes, in which it was alleged that on April 16, 2005, he attacked the woman, a mother of two children, at Alta Garcia Trace, Point Fortin.

The woman testified in court that she was walking to her home at Alta Garcia Trace at about 1 am after attending church service on the occasion of Siparia Mai, when Vincent grabbed her bag.

There was a struggle and both Vincent and the woman fell 50 feet into a precipice.

The woman testified that whilst on top of her, Vincent threatened to kill her if she did not undress. She began to scream, but Vincent strangled her by the neck. The woman’s screams were heard by a passer-by who, looking over the precipice, shouted: “What going on down there!” Vincent ran off into a forested area.

Attorney Michael Rooplal defended Vincent whilst Senior State Attorney Angelica Teelucksingh and Stacy Lallo-Chung, prosecuted. Vincent testified in his defence, and denied the woman’s allegation, saying that he was at a bar enjoying the Siparia Mai celebrations.

Vincent was arrested and charged with assault with intention to rob, and indecent assault.

The jury deliberated for two hours and found Vincent guilty as charged, and yesterday, Rooplal, as well as Teelucksingh, revealed that Vincent had been sentenced in 2002 to five years jail, for indecent assault.

In 1997, he was sent to St Michael’s Home for Boys for three years for the crime of larceny.

In passing sentencing yesterday, Holdip told Vincent: “You fully know what prison is, but you decided to commit a similar crime, in which you attacked a female and strangled her. Were it not for someone who shouted: ‘What’s going on down there.’ Then, you ran into a forested area. The courts must protect women and children from this sort of anger. You are a predator. You are to be subjected to anger management control in prison. If there are counselling programmes for sex offenders, you must be subjected to them as well.”

Holdip then sentenced Vincent to three years for attempted robbery, and five years for the crime of indecent assault. The sentences are to run concurrently so the accused man will serve only five years.

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