PORT OF SPAIN – A 61-year-old father of nine, will be sentenced on December 6 after he was found guilty of raping a five-year-old child at least 10 years ago.
Conrad Matthias, wept after the eight member jury returned the unanimous verdict in the San Fernando High Court, south of here.
He had been accused of raping the child between December 31, 2006, and January 8, 2007, after the child was left in his care when the mother took two other children to a nearby parlour.
The trial, which began in September, included testimonies from the girl, now aged 15, However, the child’s mother was deemed as a hostile witness as she became hesitant in answering questions by the prosecution.
Matthias, a taxi-driver, did not take the stand nor did he call any witnesses. He will re-appear in court on December 6 for sentencing. – CMC