Sunday 29 March, 2020

Man gets 10-year sentence after incidents with special needs teen

A High Court Judge called the actions of a man who had sex with a “mentally subnormal” teen, “predatory and reckless”.

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This came yesterday as she, Justice Jacqueline Cornelius sentenced the man to ten years in prison.

Leonard Rupert Clarke, 54, of Marindale's Road, St Michael was given a six-year term for having sex with the 18-year-old and a ten-year concurrent sentence for raping her.

Having spent 2,145 days on remand he will only spend a remainder of four years and one month at Her Majesty's Prison Dodds.

According to the details of the case, the Ann Hill student knew Clarke from the area where he lived. Clarke was well aware that the teen was mentally challenged, something he would later admit to police.

However, it was on October 3, 2010, that Clarke had sexual intercourse - both unprotected and protected, with her behind the old Ministry of Health building.

Five days later he raped the same girl.

The judge expressed great dismay at Clarke's behavior before imposing the sentence on the man who is no stranger to convictions.

Clarke has convictions relating to assault, robbery and criminal damage.

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