Charles Marks leaves for prison after he was sentenced to five years in prison by Justice Albert Redhead on July 23, 2012.
Charles Marks should feel lucky after High Court Judge, Justice Albert Redhead told him to leave the little girls alone before he sentenced him to a five-year jail term for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16 in 2009.
Before delivering his sentence yesterday, July 23, Justice Redhead told Marks that he took into account that he had no previous conviction. However, the Judge warned that if Marks had any prior conviction, he would have sentenced him to the maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment for the offense.
Marks, a native of Guyana was found guilty by jurors of having sex with a minor between May 1, 2009 and September 30, 2009 following a trial in the High Court in May.
At the opening of the trial, Prosecutor Jude Hanley said the complainant is a young girl, who is by no means the perfect girl.
"She might not even be the average girl. She is now 16 years old and has two children...She was convicted of theft in primary school...but justice is for everyone," she had stated.
The Prosecution contended that Marks met the girl walking home from school and took her to his apartment after offering to help her because she was having issues with her mother.
According to Hanley, in 2009 the minor and Marks met and in February 2010 the complainant gave birth to a baby boy.
"You knew she was school child," Justice Redhead told Marks. "I say you enticed her; your lawyer prefers me to say you invited her to your home. Whether you say enticed or invited, it's the same thing...by your act you have deprived her of her education because she did not finish school," the Judge added.
He said that men in general must leave the children alone.
"Grown men like you are taking unfair advantage of little girls...leave them alone...if you had a previous conviction I would have given you the maximum," Justice Redhead stated.