The police constable discovered responsible of raping a 16-year-old lady will likely be sentenced on April 30 by Justice Christopher Birch.
Jason Andre Callender was discovered responsible on October 8, 2020, by a nine-member jury of the rape and critical indecency of the teenager between June 1 and October 7, 2010.
Showing in a digital sitting of the No. 5A Supreme Courtroom, a probation officer at this time learn a pre-sentencing report in respect of the 38-year-old, of sixth Avenue, Durant’s Village, St James.
The officer, Louie Linton stated members of the family described Callender as a useful and caring particular person who was non-violent and never abusive. He stated Callender’s dad and mom have been shocked on the responsible verdict as a result of they thought their son and the sufferer have been in a relationship. The daddy recalled how Callender and the lady would have lunch at his residence on events.
Moreover, Callender’s associate stated the 2 of them lived collectively and have been in a relationship for 2 years. Throughout that interval, she stated he was a pleasing, caring particular person who displayed no abusive sexual tendencies towards her. Callender’s associate and the sufferer have been sisters.
It was revealed that Callender joined the Royal Barbados Police Drive in 2003 however is presently on suspension with half pay since 2011 because of the matter earlier than the court docket.
He was awarded a commendation for good work in 2005 however in 2009 disciplinary prices have been introduced towards him for neglect of responsibility and declaring a falsehood.
Over a interval of six years, whereas he was on suspension, Callender was employed as a gross sales consultant and was described as a superb worker. The daddy of two has no earlier convictions.
The court docket heard that whereas Callender accepts the choice of the jury he maintains that he didn’t rape or carry out critical indecency on the lady. In accordance with him, it was consensual.
The 16-year outdated sufferer stated she was devastated, embarrassed and left with low shallowness by the state of affairs. She stated Callender took her virginity leaving her bleeding for a whole week and it impacted negatively on her tutorial efficiency.
The lady, who’s now in her 20s, is claimed to have additionally hung out within the psychiatric wards of two hospitals.
Within the sufferer affect assertion, she additionally acknowledged that she by no means consented to have a sexual relationship with Callender and he took benefit of a susceptible state of affairs.
She believes that he’s in the proper location and ought to be there for a very long time and in addition hopes he receives psychiatric assist.
Callender was assessed as being at low threat of re-offending.
Crown Counsel Danielle Mottley submitted that, given the character and seriousness of those offences, a custodial sentence could be justified within the matter.
Contemplating the penalties for the offences, she prompt a place to begin of 18 years for the rape offence and eight years for the intense indecency offence, with the required downward changes.
Outlining the irritating components she spoke of the abuse of a place of belief the place Callender was the complainant’s caretaker.
“This was an ongoing marketing campaign of rape towards a younger [girl] in circumstances the place she had nowhere else to go however to reside with the now-convicted man,” she submitted. She additionally spoke of extra components the place the lady was subjected to rape over a time frame and no condom was used, exposing her to sexually transmitted ailments and undesirable being pregnant. Additionally talked about was the diploma of planning, the trauma triggered, tutorial hindrance and psychiatric affect.
The mitigating components in respect of Callender have been his “clear”, beneficial presentencing report and the evaluation that he was at low threat of reoffending.
Counsel Samuel Legay stated: “The court docket should take a look at what’s honest, simply and constant as every case comes with various circumstances. However the court docket’s responsibility is to permit these circumstances to be as constant as attainable to earlier choices given.”
Not denying that the offences have been critical, Legay requested the court docket to contemplate that the matter was earlier than the court docket since 2010. He requested the court docket to contemplate what occurred in these years.
“We’re coping with our personal particular matrix in Barbados… It was ten years earlier than a person was alleged to have dedicated these offences, [the matter was] dismissed on two events within the decrease court docket. I counsel to the court docket that there’s different data or circumstances that we should take into account,” Legay submitted.
He added: “The place there may be an absence over a protracted time frame mixed with proof of excellent character, then the court docket could deal with the mixture of those as mitigating components in favour of the offender.”
No earlier convictions, Legay stated, spoke volumes, in addition to, the truth that Callender was tasked with defending the atypical Barbadian as a invaluable member of the RBPF. He requested the court docket to additionally word his shopper’s clear document, younger age and perspective within the matter.
Referencing Barbadian instances, he prompt a sentence of 5 years “going upward however not going previous ten years” for the rape conviction. For the intense indecency conviction, he prompt two to 5 years.