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Sex act raider gets 24 years

A 20-year-old man who sexually assaulted a young woman during an armed burglary was yesterday jailed for 24 years.

Raymond Kidd, of Hamilton Parish, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for serious sexual assault, and another 12 years for aggravated burglary, with both sentences running consecutively.

His accomplices, 19-year-old Triston Burgess from Warwick and 30-year-old Olice Morgan, from Pembroke, were sentenced to 12 years in prison and seven-and-a-half years respectively for their involvement in the home invasion.

The trio pled guilty September to a slew of charges in connection with a single incident on March 19 last year.

The court heard that at around 10.30pm, a female victim woke to find two men, Kidd and Burgess, in her home. Both men were wearing black clothes and full-face helmets.

They demanded that she hand over her valuables or be killed, with Kidd repeatedly pointing a gun at her face.

Kidd then went into another room, where he forced a second woman to perform a sex act on him at gunpoint.

In total the pair escaped with $5,000 of cash, jewellery and electronics along with two motorcycles.

One of the motorcycles was later found near Kidd’s home with his fingerprints.

Morgan, meanwhile, was responsible for providing Kidd with the firearm used in the break in, and bought stolen goods from the other defendants to sell on.

However, the court heard he later assisted police in recovering the firearm from a property on Rambling Lane in Pembroke.

Addressing the court, Kidd apologised to his victims while Burgess apologised to the court. Morgan meanwhile said he was sorry for the offence, promising to “live his life better.”

Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons said that all of the offences before the court were serious and deserved an immediate custodial sentence.

Regarding Morgan, she said: “We wouldn’t have been in this situation if you had not supplied them with the gun or received the ill-gotten goods.”

Justice Simmons however also noted that Morgan had admitted his guilt and had aided police in their investigations into another matter and as a result deserved a “substantial reduction” in his sentence.

She sentenced Morgan to seven-and-a-half years for handling the firearm and two years for receiving the stolen goods, ordering the sentences to run concurrently.

Regarding Burgess, Justice Simmons said that he had set out with the intention of being involved in an armed burglary. Even when he knew that his cohort was sexually assaulting a victim, she said he did nothing to stop it.

She sentenced Burgess to 12 years imprisonment for possessing a firearm, the mandatory minimum, and 12 years for the offence of aggravated burglary.

She further sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment for each of two counts of taking a motorcycle without consent, but ordered all terms of imprisonment to run concurrently.

Finally, Justice Simmons turned to Kidd, saying that he had inspired fear and terror by violating his victim’s home and person.

She called Kidd the ringleader of the “depraved” offence which showed a wanton disregard for the health and safety of his victims.

“Not only was the victim a young woman, but she had a young child in the house,” Justice Simmons said.

“It might have been about sexual gratification, but it was also about power.”

Justice Simmons sentenced Kidd to 12 years imprisonment for sexual assault, and another 12 years for aggravated Burglary, ordering both sentences to run consecutively.

She further sentenced Kidd to four years for assault with intent to rob, and ten years for using a firearm to commit and indictable offence, but those charges are to run concurrently with the others.

He must serve at least 12 years before he is eligible for parole.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Pedro said that the Police Service welcomes the sentences, saying: “Obviously this is a very difficult case, with a brutal attack on a young lady and the victimisation and assault on her family in their home.

“We are pleased with the results of the matter, and that the defendants chose to plead guilty, which resulted in us avoiding having to go to trial.”

The Entrance to the Westgate correctional Facility in Dockyard ¬ Photo David Skinner

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Published January 12, 2013 at 7:00 am (Updated January 12, 2013 at 7:53 am)

Sex act raider gets 24 years

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