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Irwin Point serial rapist admits guilt

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater

Western Bureau:

Patrick Green, the man who DNA evidence identified as the perpetrator in the brutal 2012 rape of five females, including an eight-year-old girl, at Irwin Point in St James, pleaded guilty when he appeared in the Western Regional Gun Court, in Montego Bay, yesterday.

"Yes ... he appeared in court today and pleaded guilty to the charges against him," said Peter Salkey, the Corporate Communications Unit police liaison officer for St James. "His sentencing is to come at a later date."

Green's guilty plea comes almost two years after brothers, Kerron and Sheldon Brissett, who were originally arrested and charged for the offence, were exonerated by DNA evidence, the same exact science that placed Green at the crime scene.

While officials at the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court were reluctant to divulge details on yesterday's court proceedings, The Gleaner was nonetheless able to ascertain that Green, who is of a May Pen, Clarendon, is to be sentenced on Thursday.

At the time of Green's arrest last September, the then commanding officer for the Area One Police Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Warren Clarke, told The Gleaner that in addition to implicating Green in the Irwin Point rapes, the DNA results had also implicated him in other unsolved rapes cases in western Jamaica and Clarendon.

The collective consciousness of the nation was jolted on the night of September 24, 2012, shortly after 10:30, when news broke that armed thugs had invaded a home in Irwin Point and forcefully removed four adult females and the eight-year-old child, who were subsequently raped in a nearby open lot.

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The ordeal, especially that of the child, who had to be hospitalised, drew condemnation from all strata of the society, including women's groups and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

In the aftermath of the incident, the Brissett brothers were arrested and charged. However, in declaring their innocence, they voluntarily offered their DNA for testing. After almost a year behind bars, the DNA results failed to place them at the crime scene.

Despite that evidence, the case against the brothers, who were also charged with illegal possession of firearm, arising from the same incident, was not dropped.

However, on July 22, 2013, the brothers, who were facing charges of rape, burglary, sexual touching, grievous sexual assault and unlawful wounding, were finally set free in from the Western Regional Gun Court.

adrian.frater@gleanerjm.com