Tuesday 7 April, 2020

Nine years in HMP Dodds for teacher who broke parents’ trust

A teacher found guilty of buggering one of his students, who has Cerebal Palsy has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

And yesterday as the sentence was handed down, Justice Jacqueline Cornelius made it clear that such actions were intolerable and abusive of trust.

“The victim’s parents trusted you... You are the very last person they expected to bring harm to their child,” she said of the incident that has left the male withdrawn.

Gerald Sylvester Brathwaite, of Cutting Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael was found guilty back in December 2016. Even though he maintains his innocence despite the verdict.

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The matter was prosecuted by Senior Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney and Dr. Lenda Blackman represented the now convicted man.

On March 17, 2009, it was reported that Brathwaite who was an Agriculture teacher at the National Disabilities Trust Unit in St Phillip buggered the male who was part of the work and study programme there.

It was heard that the teacher used an opportunity where the boy arrived early and sexually assaulted him in one of the rooms. No other students were around at the time.

When the boy complained of soreness, his mother became concerned. This led to her son's explanation of what Braithwaite had done to him.

The judge said a teacher's influence was undeniable and trust was broken when Brathwaite took advantage of that trust placed in him by the parents.

According to the facts, the male's parents use to give Brathwaite rides to work.

The incident also caused the young man's interest in agriculture to dwindle.

Having spent some time on remand Brathwaite will now spend a remainder of seven years, 165 days in jail.

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