Sentenced to 3 years for sucking 8 year old girl’s nose Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

On Monday April 28, 38-year-old Edelmiro Oliva was sentenced to prison for 3 years after he was found guilty of aggravated assault of in indecent nature upon an 8 year old girl.

The Chief Magistrate stated that, “These kinds of cases are prevalent and we must ensure we send a message.”

In court, the prosecutor, Inspector Carol Tucker called the child to the stand. In camera, she testified that on July 18, 2013, she was at a home with her babysitter, when she stepped out of the house to do an errand, 38-year-old Edelmiro Oliva sucked her on her nose then caressed her on her buttocks.

  In the trial, Oliva was represented by attorney, Simeon Sampson who allowed his client to take the stand and give sworn testimony. In his testimony, Oliva explained that what the child said did not take place and that he was innocent.

  But at the end of the trial, the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith found Oliva guilty and sentenced him to 3 years imprisonment.

It’s a conviction that Sampson is challenging, he indicated as much to the court. In Sampson’s view, his client was innocent and as he said in his defence, he did not do anything as the child alleges. He was also of the view that a suck on the nose does not constitute a charge of indecent assault and that if any charge should have been levied, it should have been for a common assault.