The Grenada public and media is outraged after a paedophile was given such a lenient sentence that the Director of Public Prosecution office has advised the police to appeal the case in which a magistrate ordered a church elder to pay a five-year-old child EC$600 after pleading guilty to sexually molesting the child.
Magistrate Nevlyn John, presiding in the Grenville Magistrate’s court also fined Trevorsen Roberts EC$1,500.
The ruling angered child rights advocates and others, who were outraged and shock over the sentences given the increasing number of child sexual abuse matters before the courts.
DPP Christopher Nelson said he had instructed the commissioner of police to file an appeal. He noted that indecent assault as a criminal matter is not covered in the new sentencing guidelines developed by the courts in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
The new guidelines went into effect on Oct. 1, 2019. According to the Criminal Code, a person who indecently assaults another person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years. If the matter is heard as an indictable offence, the maximum term of imprison should exceed 10 years.