TO BE RAPED by a friend is more traumatic and atrocious than to be raped by a total stranger.
This was the view of Justice Melville Baird, when he sentenced Dion Julien to 20 years hard labour yesterday, for raping a female friend while she was unconscious.
Julien, 30, an electrician of Morne Coco Road, Maraval, was found guilty of raping an executive assistant of a city firm, during the early morning hours of June 5 1988, at Carenage.
The woman who knew Julien very well had asked him to take her home after a party, a mere two minutes walk.
On the way she stopped to urinate and was attacked by Julien. During a struggle, she hit her head and became unconscious. When she regained consciousness she realised she had been raped. The case was prosecuted by State attorney Geoffrey Henderson.
Justice Baird said he entirely agreed with the jury. The facts reveal that the woman was not raped by a stranger but by a man she had known for six years before the incident and they both lived in the same neighbourhood.
In arriving at a 2O year sentence, Justice Baird said, he had to weigh the factors involved in the case. On one side, Julien had a clean record when he committed the offence at age 22. On the other side, he pIaced the heinousness and gravity of the crime, the alarming prevalence of the crime of rape and other general principles of sentencing.
Taken from: Trinidad Newsday