CCJ finds rape sentence excessive, upholds appeal


The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has imposed a 12 year jail term on a Guyanese national, after it found that the original sentence on a charge of rape had been too excessive

Calvin Ramcharran had been sentenced to 23 years in jail for the offence of rape and three years imprisonment for the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, with the sentences to run concurrently

The Court of Appeal of Guyana affirmed the decision of the trial judge and Ramcharran appealed to the Trinidad-based CCJ, Guyana’s highest court, against the sentence alone, after the CCJ had refused him permission to appeal against his convictions

By a 3-2 majority ruling, the CCJ found that the sentence for rape was manifestly excessive

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