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Salvadoran man convicted of raping 5-year-old child gets 15 years behind bars

Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2022. 4:47 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: After pleading guilty to the rape of a 5-year-old child back in October 2018, Saldovaran national Bairo Geovanny Gomez has been handed a 15-year prison sentence.

Gomez received his sentence in the Supreme Court today before Justice Suzan Lamb. Justice Lamb took into consideration the years Gomez served on remand from the month of October 2018 when he was first remanded for the rape and deducted the three years and ten months already served. This leaves Gomez with some 11 years and 2 months left on his sentence.

The sentence follows a presentation of sentencing guidelines by the prosecution. Crown Counsel Rome Wade had asked Justice Lamb when considering her sentence to reflect on the fact that the victim in the case was at the tender age of five-year-old when the act was committed upon her.

Justice Lamb also heard mitigation pleas on Gomez’s behalf by his attorney Leroy Banner. Gomez himself also apologized for his actions and begged for mercy.

 

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