Sex offender to be released imminently

  • Junius Caines (File photograph)

    Junius Caines (File photograph)

A sex offender sent back to jail for breaches of a supervision order is to be released this week, it was revealed yesterday.

Junius Caines, 50, admitted in the Supreme Court that he breached a court-ordered curfew and failed a drug test after he was released from prison for attempted rape.

Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons sentenced Caines to 60 days in prison for the breaches, with time served taken into account.

The court heard Caines missed curfew 25 times between October 13 and December 2 and a drug test revealed he had used cannabis and cocaine.

She also changed the conditions of his supervision order and ruled he must appear in the Supreme Court every three months for the order to be reviewed.

Caines told the court: “I won’t mess up again, ma’am.”

Mrs Justice Simmons said that everyone “stumbles and falls” in life, but warned him not to appear in the courts again.

Caines was jailed for three years and four months in 2016 after he admitted a serious sexual assault.

He attacked a woman in a Hamilton Street, but fled after a group of passers-by came to the victim’s aid.

The sentence was to be followed by a five-year supervision order that included conditions that he wore an electronic tag, stick to a curfew, avoid drugs and get treatment from the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute.

Caines was released from custody in June, but was ordered back to jail in December for the supervision order breaches.

Cindy Clarke, the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Prosecutions, said the breaches carried a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

She added: “We are not seeking a sentence anywhere near that limit.”

Ms Clarke said, based on court-ordered reports, the breaches were caused by problems with Caines’s living conditions.

She proposed that Caines should be sentenced to time served for the breaches and for additional requirements to be added to his supervision order.

Saul Dismont, who appeared for Caines, suggested that he should be reviewed by the Mental Health Court, even though he could not be enrolled in the mental health court programme because of the violent nature of his offence.

Ms Clarke said the case should be handled by the Supreme Court.

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