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Man jailed for 16 years for brutal sexual assault

A Jamaican man who abducted a guest worker from a bus stop and sexually assaulted her has been jailed for 16 years.

Brittonie Taylor, 30, subjected the 31-year-old victim to the attack in broad daylight in Smith’s on the morning of May 28, 2011.

Supreme Court heard he accosted the woman as she waited at a bus stop on South Road, by Watch Hill Park, while talking to her sister on the telephone.

He grabbed her and pulled her backwards, then lifted her up and carried her to an isolated rocky area near the shoreline behind the bus stop.

Taylor told the woman “come with me, come with me”, according to prosecutor Larissa Burgess.

The woman managed to tell her sister, who was located in her home country, that she needed help. She asked her to contact someone in Bermuda to come to her aid, before dropping the telephone.

Taylor took the victim to an area that could not be seen from the road and told her: “Let me do this to you and then I will kill you,” according to Ms Burgess.

He then proceeded to sexually assault her as she tried to fight him off. Taylor then put his pants back on and smoked a cigarette.

According to the prosecutor, the woman could not run away as she had lost a shoe when Taylor was carrying her, and the rocks were sharp.

She begged her attacker to let her go and offered to get him $500 from the ATM at nearby Harrington Hundreds grocery store.

However, Taylor told her: “I do not need your money. I will kill you. Both of us are going to die today. We will jump into the water.”

According to Ms Burgess, the victim feared she was going to die. Taylor then told her “let’s have sex” before ripping off her underwear and attempting to rape her. The victim begged for mercy and tried to fight him off.

After the attempted rape, the victim managed to convince Taylor she would cooperate with him. She again offered him money and he handed her a scarf to wrap around her waist and began to escort her to the ATM. As she walked along the road, the victim managed to tell a passer-by that Taylor was a “bad man doing bad things” to her.

A police car then approached and Taylor said: “They are coming back, I have to run,” before running to the beach and jumping into the ocean.

The police arrested him and the victim was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital suffering from cuts and bruises all over her body. A member of the Sexual Assault Response Team noted that she was “crying, frightened and shaking”.

The court heard that Taylor was married at the time of the attack, with two children with his wife and another infant child born out of wedlock. He was unemployed and had one previous conviction for possession of cannabis.

He pleaded guilty to serious sexual assault during an earlier court appearance.

Defence lawyer Marc Daniels said Taylor can remember nothing of the attack. He suggested the defendant, who has been treated for bipolar disorder, may have been in the grip of a mental health crisis exacerbated by drinking alcohol, smoking cannabis and failing to take his medication.

He said this was “a dangerous cocktail in the making” which eventually led to his “deplorable and sad” conduct.

However, Ms Burgess argued that it was unlikely Taylor was suffering a relapse of his mental problems at the time of the attack, according to a report from a psychiatrist.

“His mental illness cannot be used as an excuse,” she said.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves agreed, describing the memory loss as a “feigned defence”.

Invited to address the court, Taylor said: “I would like to apologise to the complainant, my family, the court, my friends and the public. I really am not that type of person. At the time of the offence I was going through a lot. I was not in my right mind. I know I have hurt a lot of people.”

Jailing him, Mr Justice Greaves said: “This was a terrible attack upon this innocent young lady. Rape, pain, injury and suffering were imposed upon her by a cruel stranger; an unclean assault upon her core that she is likely to relive in nightmares forever.”

He added: “Frankly, the revulsion raised in the bosoms of right-thinking members of this society must raise the strongest urge to have him put away forever.”

However, he said that since the law does not permit him to do that, he would give Taylor 16 years in prison as “the maximum I think I can give him, given the case law before me”.

Taylor has also pleaded guilty at Magistrates’ Court to attacking a female jogger in Hamilton Parish 35 minutes before he sexually assaulted the guest worker. According to a police report at the time, he accosted the jogger twice, but she managed to fight him off and received assistance from a passing motorist. He pleaded guilty to intruding into the privacy of the jogger and is due to be sentenced on a date yet to be fixed.

As he was led to the cells yesterday, the mother of his infant child burst into hysterical screams, shouting: “What about our son, Brittonie? Why would you do that to me? I was pregnant. That little boy is five months old and he will never have a father.”

As he was led away in handcuffs, Taylor told the woman: “Be strong.”

Brittonie Taylor sexually assaulted a female guest worker after abducting her from a bus stop in broad daylight. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published February 15, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 15, 2012 at 6:12 am)

Man jailed for 16 years for brutal sexual assault

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