HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC - A Jamaican man has been jailed for 16 years, after he abducted a female expatriate worker from a bus stop and sexually assaulted her in a "terrible attack".
The Supreme Court was told that Brittonie Taylor, a married 30-year-old father of three, subjected the victim to the attack in broad daylight in Smith’s parish last May.
The court heard how Taylor, a Bermuda resident, picked up the woman, who had been talking on a cell phone to her sister overseas, carried her away from the bus to stop to an isolated rocky area near the shoreline and sexually assaulted her.
Prosecutor Larrissa Burgess said that at one point the accused told the 31-year-old victim, “Let me do this to you and then I will kill you”.
He later attempted to rape her during a prolonged attack that saw the woman begging for her life and trying to escape by offering Taylor money.
Police eventually arrived and chased Taylor, who has twins with his wife and a young child with another woman.
He tried to escape by jumping into the sea but was detained. He pleaded guilty to serious sexual assault during an earlier court appearance.
Defence lawyer Marc Daniels said Taylor could remember nothing of the attack.
He suggested the defendant, who has been treated for bipolar disorder, may have been in the grip of a mental health crisis exacerbated by drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and failing to take his medication.
According to a psychiatrist report, Burgess argued that Taylor’s mental problems played no role in the attack.
In passing sentence, Justice Carlisle Greaves said “it ‘s ironic we’re dealing with a case of this sort on Valentine’s Day.
He said he would have locked Taylor up “forever” if the law had allowed him to do so.