Guyanese gets 25 years for raping 8 year old

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — A Guyanese man, Talbert McPherson, has begun serving the remaining 20 years of a 25-year prison sentence for raping an eight-year-old girl.

The court Friday passed the sentence on the man, for the 2009 crime in the village of Hopetown in Berbice.

The incident occurred at the home of the girl’s relatives, where she was sleeping-over and where McPherson, then 37-years old, was residing.

The girl testified that after going to bed, McPherson, whom she recognised despite dim lighting, entered her room and raped her. The matter was reported to the police the following day.

A medical examination revealed bruises on the vaginal wall and anus of the eight-year-old, and McPherson was arrested. He pleaded his innocence throughout the trial.

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