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Rudolph “Tubba” Smith sentenced to 15 years imprisonment Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 September 2012 00:00

Rudolph smithOn Monday, September 24th, 36-year-old Rudolph “Tubba” Smith, a resident of Hattieville, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault of an indecent nature.

Smith's trial concluded before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith after the prosecution called five witnesses to testify against him. The main witness, was a 15 year-old girl who testified that at around 4:25 a.m. on July 23rd, 2011, she was awakened when she felt Smith on top of her. She said that he held a knife to her throat, fondled her, and demanded that she take off her pants. She refused, and that’s when one of her siblings, who was also sleeping in the same room, woke up, turned on the light, and saw “Tubba” Smith. They screamed for their mother and he ran before he could be detained.

Smith testified in his defence that he was passing by the house, and saw the victim going through the window. He called an alibi witness to testify on his behalf, but she didn’t help his case because the prosecution put it to her that she was asleep at the time of the incident.

After considering all the evidence, Chief Magistate Smith found him guilty of both offences and sentenced him to 15 years for the aggravated burglary, and 3 years for the indecent assault. Both sentences are to run concurrently, so he will only spend 15 years in jail.

This is Smith's second offense of this nature. He still has the other case pending before the court.