18 years in jail for constable who raped, imprisoned teen

Po­lice Con­sta­ble Vishram Ra­goo has been jailed for 18 years for the rape, sex­u­al gre­vi­ous as­sault, false im­pris­on­ment and as­sault of a 17-year-old girl.

In pass­ing sen­tence, this morn­ing, Jus­tice Car­la Brown An­toine said the ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors in­clud­ed that he was a po­lice of­fi­cer and he been sex­u­al­ly abus­ing the girl since she was 14 years old. She was al­so two months preg­nant but al­so lost the ba­by a few days af­ter she was sex­u­al­ly as­sault­ed. Ev­i­dence was led that in that at­tack he placed his hand in­to her pri­vate part and used a knife and gun to threat­en her.

 

Not­ing the preva­lence of abuse against fe­male mi­nors, the judge said the court has a du­ty to pro­tect them.

Ra­goo, 40, of Freeport who was last at­tached to the Ch­agua­nas CID Ch­agua­nas was charged with a to­tal of six charges but a ju­ry pre­sid­ing in the San Fer­nan­do Sec­ond Crim­i­nal As­sizes found him not guilty on one of the griev­ous sex­u­al as­sault charges on Ju­ly 15.

The pros­e­cu­tion’s case, led by state at­tor­neys Veon­na Neale-Mon­roe and Collin El­bourne, was that the of­fi­cer was hav­ing a "re­la­tion­ship" with the vic­tim since she was 14.

Fol­low­ing a re­port made against him by the teenag­er, he was charged by In­sp Shaun Craig on June 15, 2008.

 

The ju­ry found him guilty of com­mit­ing griev­ous sex­u­al as­sault and com­mon as­sault against the girl on Feb­ru­ary 4, 2008.

He was al­so found guilty of rape, as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tu­al bod­i­ly harm and false im­pris­on­ment on June 12, 2008. The crimes were com­mit­ted in Freeport.

Dur­ing the tri­al, which be­gan on May 21, the ju­ry al­so heard an au­dio record­ing from the vic­tim’s phone to sup­port some of the al­le­ga­tions she made against the of­fi­cer.

The State led ev­i­dence from 10 wit­ness­es while Ra­goo opt­ed not to give ev­i­dence.

He, how­ev­er, called six wit­ness­es in­clud­ing two po­lice con­sta­bles, his wife and ex-wife, in his de­fence.

Ra­goo who had ten years of ser­vice was out on bail but tak­en in­to cus­tody af­ter he was found guilty.

Ra­goo was rep­re­sent­ed by at­tor­ney Sel­wyn Ram­lal.

In to­tal, he was sen­tenced to 43 years, but the judge or­dered that the sen­tences run con­cur­rent­ly.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson

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