The father could not remember his daughter’s age
Today, after two days of trial, Patrick Lorent, 32, was acquitted of three counts of carnal knowledge after the child’s father could not remember her age, an important fact which had to be proven for the charge to stand.
According to the initial report, Lorent had sexual intercourse with the child, who was 14 at the time, on two separate occasions in 2008, and once again on January 1, 2009, when she was over 14 years, but still under 16 years, which is the legal age of consent.
The prosecution, which was represented by Kaysha Grant of the DPP’s office, called 6 witnesses to testify, including Lovina Daniels from the Vital Statistics office, and the child’s father. They were called to testify to prove the child’s age, but when the child’s father took the stand, he testified that he could not remember the child’s age, and thus the charge that Lorent faced could not be established.
After hearing the witnesses, Justice Adolph Lucas, Sr., questioned whether the accused should still be called to answer the charges, since the alleged victim’s age could not be ascertained and was a critical piece of information in this particular charge. He also questioned whether a prima facie case had been established, since the age could not be determined.
Without the age of the child being determined and with no birth certificate tendered to prove the child was younger than 16 when the incidents occurred, Justice Lucas then instructed the 9-member jury to find Lorent not guilty of the three counts of carnal knowledge to which he had to answer.
After the jury gave its verdict, Lorent, who was unrepresented in court, walked out of court a free man.