A 43-year-old man has been convicted of a series of sexual offences against two young sisters.
Locksley Cummings was found guilty by a Supreme Court jury yesterday of five charges relating to incidents that took place between 2007 and 2021.
However, the jury also found Cummings not guilty of two offences relating to one of the victims.
Puisne Judge Shade Subair-Williams remanded Cummings into custody and ordered pre-sentencing reports.
Cummings was charged with seven offences, including sexual exploitation, against two sisters who said they were abused in separate incidents years apart from each other.
Neither of the victims can be identified for legal reasons.
The elder victim said that Cummings sexually touched her between 2007 and 2009 when she was eight or nine years old.
She specifically recalled an incident in which she alleged he put her on his lap and touched her and attempted to have sex with her.
The victim said in another incident she offered herself to the defendant to protect a young friend from his behaviour.
The second victim, the younger sister of the first victim, said Cummings repeatedly had sex with her between 2016 and 2021 while she was still a child.
While the bulk of the incidents occurred at the defendant’s home, she also recalled an incident in the defendant’s car.
The victim told the court that the defendant had told her not to tell anyone about the incidents and that she kept quiet because she did not want to get the defendant in trouble.
Cummings did not take the stand in his defence and did not comment during a police interview.
However, Charles Richardson, who represented Cummings during the trial, suggested that the allegations were sparked by the mother of the victims who was angry with the defendant.
He also argued that the case had not been properly investigated by the police, noting that while the second victim suggested that the defendant would beckon her with text messages, the police had not seized his phone.
Mr Richardson also said that police had not taken the second victim on a drive to try to determine the location of the offence that allegedly took place in the defendant’s car.
He added that many of the incidents described by the victims were unlikely because of the high risk that the defendant would be caught in the act.
However, after less than three hours of deliberation, the jury found Cummings guilty of five of the seven offences by way of a unanimous verdict, while finding him not guilty of two counts related to the second victim.
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