GEORGETOWN, Guyana, September 12, 2018 (CMC) – A former police officer was sentenced to life imprisonment, after he was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old boy, dating back to 2013.
Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry handed down the sentence on Milton Kewley, yesterday, one day after a 12-member jury, unanimously, convicted him of committing the sexual act on the teenager, on August 22, 2013, in the county of Demerara.
“I’m innocent. This whole thing is a fabrication and the jury made a mistake… I would never have sex with any male. I’m not attracted to men,” he said after the verdict was read out in court, on Monday.
The 50-year-old former police officer said that the boy’s mother had a personal vendetta against him, and had threatened him with incarceration on several occasions.
But the prosecutor, Lisa Cave, reminded the High Court of the offence and said that a message ought to be sent out to society.
She reiterated that the child was placed in Kewley’s care and how he violated his position of trust, and urged the judge to pass a sentence that will send the message of the court’s zero tolerance of such brutal crime.
Defence attorney, Maxwell McKay, said his client is a father of two boys and one girl and is a member of the Universal Church.
But in passing sentence, Justice Sewnarine-Beharry stated that according to the evidence, the accused was visited by the boy on the day in question to collect some clothing that the accused claimed he had bought for him.
Upon entering a room in the house to try on the clothing, Kewley locked the door and started touching the boy inappropriately, and proceeded to indulge in sexual activity with the child for about five minutes.
The boy, who was traumatised, scared and ashamed of what was done to him, kept his silence until the accused attempted to repeat the act in October.
She said that the accused remained unremorseful throughout the trial and was adamant that he was innocent without supporting evidence.
“He was 32 years senior to the victim and violated his position of trust. He was a police officer and a counsellor for suicide and HIV/AIDS, and instead of nurturing the boy into becoming the best that he can be, he committed an “abominable offence on the child”, the judge added.