Have all precautions been taken before release of this child sex offender?

  |  February 21, 2022

I would like to appeal to all defence lawyers, parole board members and everyone involved in TeWolde Mathin Selassie’s release to stand together and advocate that those who are convicted of serious sexual assault against a child be kept incarcerated until such time they receive the best possible treatment available — The Healthy Sex Programme. If they do not pass the requirements of such ... Read more

Jail for man who sexually exploited 12-year-old girl

  |  June 18, 2021

A 24-year-old man was jailed for 20 months yesterday for sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old girl. Shundray Gilbert, from Devonshire, was told in Magistrates’ Court that, although he had shown remorse and seemed to be at low risk of reoffending, he was in need of “extensive” psychological treatment and that prison time was unavoidable. Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo said: “These kinds ... Read more

Appeal over child sex assault rejected by Supreme Court

  |  February 23, 2021

An 86-year-old man convicted of child sex offences from more than 40 years ago has lost an appeal against his conviction and sentence. Robert Smith, 86, was jailed for six months for a string of sex offences committed in 1977 against an 11-year-old boy. Smith appealed conviction and his sentence in the Supreme Court on the grounds that there was no corroboration to support the victim’s cl... Read more

Man admits touching 12-year-old girl

  |  February 11, 2021

A 24-year-old Devonshire man was remanded in custody yesterday after he admitted repeatedly sexually exploiting a 12-year-old girl. Shundray Gilbert pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to three counts of touching the pre-teen for a sexual purpose while in a position of trust. All of the incidents took place between August 5, 2015, and July 10, 2016, at which time Gilbert was 19. The c... Read more

Child SexOffender Released From Westgate, No Public Notification says SCARS

  |  January 8, 2021

When they were convicted in February 2019, a child sex offender was sentenced to five years in prison. Despite this, they were released on Thursday, December 24, having served less than half of their sentence To date, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) and the Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs Kathy-Lynn Simmons have not identified the offender’s identity, causing anxiety within th... Read more

Man gets suspended sentence for child porn offences

  |  December 8, 2020

A man who admitted accessing more than 23,000 items of child pornography was today given a ten month suspended sentence. Wong Li Shan was told in the Supreme Court that, although the material was “abhorrent”, it was on the lowest level of the scale. Acting Puisne Judge Craig Attridge said: “The material in question, the contents of which are still abhorrent, falls at the lowest level ... Read more

Man admits accessing more than 20,000 child pornography images

  |  December 5, 2020

A man who admitted accessing more than 23,000 items of child pornography will be sentenced in the Supreme Court next week. Li-Shan Wong, 43, was scheduled to be sentenced yesterday, but the case was adjourned until Monday to allow the prosecution more time to decide what length of jail term to ask for. Cindy Clarke, the Director of Public Prosecutions, told the court that the charge of acce... Read more

Sex offender, 47, loses appeal

  |  September 15, 2020

A man jailed for a string of sexual offences against a schoolgirl has lost his appeal against his conviction. Kenneth Hurff Williams, 47, from Pembroke, was sentenced to three years in prison last year after he was convicted in Magistrates' Court of six counts of sexually touching a child under the age of 14 while in a position of trust. He was also convicted of performing an indecent act i... Read more

Further rebuke for lawyer as Rogers gets 18 months

  |  July 16, 2020

A Supreme Court judge hit out yesterday at controversial comments made by a defence lawyer as she jailed his client for 18 months. Chez Rogers, 20, pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges that he lured and had unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 14 between August 1 and October 1 last year. Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons said Rogers deserved credit for his early admission o... Read more

Sex offender released early

  |  August 8, 2019

A child protection charity has condemned a decision to release a serial paedophile from prison four years early. Kelly Hunt, executive director of the Coalition for the Protection of Children, said last night that it was “unfathomable” that Jomar Akbar Caines had been released before he had served his full 12 years behind bars. Ms Hunt said: “This individual has proven that he is not only ... Read more

Man guilty of sexually abusing girl

  |  June 27, 2019

A 26-year-old man was convicted yesterday of sexual offences against an underage girl. A jury found William Franklin Smith guilty of unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 14 and sexual exploitation of a young person by a person in a position of trust by a majority verdict of ten to two. The verdict came after a week of evidence in the Supreme Court and more than five hours of deli... Read more

Rapist Jailed for Eight Years

  |  May 4, 2019

A man who raped a 15-year-old schoolgirl more than 30 years ago was imprisoned for eight years yesterday. Morris O’Brien, 54, from Pembroke, was convicted of the attack on the teenager after trial in February. Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves said the case was “particularly painful”. He added: “There really are no winners. It is indeed tragic.” Mr Justice Greaves said that he accepted t... Read more