61-year-old Trinidadian Man Guilty of Rape

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) | A 61-year-old father of nine has been found guilty of raping a five-year-old child.

The man, Conrad Matthias, wept when the eight member jury returned the unanimous verdict in the San Fernando High Court, south of here.

The incident is said to have occurred between December 31, 2006 and January 8, 2007 when the child’s mother left her in Matthias’ care to take two other children to a nearby parlour.

The trial, which began in September, included testimonies from the girl, now 15. Her mother was deemed as a hostile witness as she became hesitant in answering questions by the prosecution. Matthias, a taxi-driver, did not take the stand.

He will re-appear in court on December 6 for sentencing.