A 43-year-old assistant pastor who used trips to the beach to facilitate the repeated rape of a minor when she was between the ages of five and seven years has been imprisoned for 30 years, Searchlight Newspaper reports.
Delroy ‘Licker’ Fraser was convicted on three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13, which took place in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The victim was 5 years old at the time of the first ordeal. She is now 11 years old.
From the evidence of the trial, it has been revealed that the assistant pastor was a close friend of the mother of the child, and this friendship had existed for around 10 years. With this trust, she allowed the assistant pastor, a married man, a father and step-father, to take her daughter on outings to the beach. However, Fraser took the child to secluded parts of a beach on a Grenadine island. He was not usually alone, sometimes he would carry his daughter, a toddler who is younger than the victim in this case. Fraser’s daughter would be left on the beach, while the child would be raped in the sea.
She was told that should she tell anyone, something worse would happen, and therefore she kept quiet about these incidents.
However, one day in 2017, when a sermon was preached in her church and it contained a prophecy that someone on the pulpit would be exposed, and the young girl found the courage to tell her mother. Her mother, crying, confronted the assistant pastor at his house, asking him why she shouldn’t lock him up that night.
The jury decided his guilt after a full trial during which he was represented by defence lawyer Israel Bruce and the prosecution presented its case via assistant Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP) Karim Nelson and crown counsel Rose Ann Richardson.
The young girl provided the court with an impact statement saying how she has been affected. She explained having feelings of depression, anxiety and being suicidal.