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Sentence suspended for sex with minor

Convict vows to support child borne by victim

Published:Thursday | May 27, 2021 | 12:18 AMBarbara Gayle/Contributor -
Frame’s sex crime and suspended sentence come against the backdrop of heightened national outrage about gender-based violence.

A 22-year-old Kingston baker who was last week convicted for having sex with a minor, impregnating her, has expressed remorse for the crime and is urging other men not to commit the same offence. In January, Andre Frame pleaded guilty to two...

 

A 22-year-old Kingston baker who was last week convicted for having sex with a minor, impregnating her, has expressed remorse for the crime and is urging other men not to commit the same offence.

In January, Andre Frame pleaded guilty to two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16.

The offences occurred between January and March last year while the girl was 15 years old.

Frame was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment but the sentence has been suspended for three years, which means that he will be incarcerated if he is convicted for any offence during that time.

“I am very sorry for what I did and will never do it again,” he told The Gleaner, adding that he had been worried since July last year when he was arrested and charged.

Frame had been on bail.

The convict had pleaded that the care of his now-six-month-old daughter would be jeopardised if he was sent to prison.

He has promised to be a good father.

“I would say to other youth, if you like a girl, make sure she is not going to school or underage. If you get a girl pregnant, make sure you take care of the baby,” he said.

Frame’s sex crime and suspended sentence come against the backdrop of heightened national outrage about gender-based violence and Jamaica’s epidemic of sexual assault against children, including a rash of rape and buggery cases.

Last year, 2,481 cases of sexual abuse were reported, down from 3,124 in 2019. The reported decline in cases comes amid a global drop in reports of assault last year largely attributed to COVID-19 restrictions.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Courtney Foster, who represented Frame, made an impassioned plea for leniency and told the court that her client was sorry for what he did.

The social-enquiry report disclosed that Frame, who is employed, is supporting the child.

Foster asked the judge to bear in mind Frame’s guilty plea and that the conviction was his first.

“My client understands the seriousness of his actions and is deeply apologetic. This is his first misstep, this is his first conviction,” Foster said.

The attorney also asked the judge to take into account the social-enquiry report in which residents said that Frame was making a positive contribution to the society.

The complainant also confirmed that Frame was supporting the child.

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