Man gets 44-year jail sentence for raping 10-year-old

first_imgErrol De Souza, who was on trial for raping a young girl on two occasions, was on Thursday sentenced to 44 years’ imprisonment by Justice Jo-Ann Barlow after he was found guilty by a jury.According to the facts on the matter, the first act occurred between January 1 and 31, 2013, when the child was 10; and the second was committed on May 3, 2014, when the victim was 11.De Souza’s lawyer, Ravindra Mohabir, had requested a probation report prior to Thursday’s sentencing. According to that probation report, the accused denied committing the act while informing the court that he has fathered more than 10 children.The attorney pleaded for his client to be afforded a lenient sentence, since he noted that De Souza is the sole breadwinner for his family.In handing down her sentence, Justice Barlow noted that the victim’s trust was betrayed by De Souza, who took advantage of the situation.As such, he was given 20 years for the first count, and 24 years for the latter of the charges. These sentences are expected to run concurrently.The accused has also been ordered to undergo counselling.Attorneys Lisa Cave, Seeta Bishundial and Lisa Martin prosecuted the case. The incident occurred at a location in the county of Essequibo.last_img read more

High-speed rail called transit fix

first_imgLANCASTER – California is the 12th largest source of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet, and 41 percent of the state’s emissions come from the transportation sector. The state also has three of the five most congested urban areas, and the congestion costs the state $20 billion annually in fuel and lost time. One solution, according to an official with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, is to build a system that would connect the state’s major metropolitan areas and get people out of their cars and onto mass transit. “The solution is high-speed trains,” said Carrie Pourvahidi, a deputy director with the authority, who spoke recently at an Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce luncheon. The first segment would start in Anaheim, then stop in downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, Sylmar and Palmdale before heading up through the Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. The initial phase would cost $30 billion. Stops in San Diego, Irvine, the Inland Empire and Sacramento would be added later. The authority has forecast ridership of 100 million by 2030 and annual revenue of $3 billion, but critics have said its projections are overly optimistic. High-speed rail has a history of stops and starts after an initial private effort in the early 1980s was abandoned for lack of funding. After riding high-speed rails overseas, former state Sen. Quentin Kopp in 1994 introduced a bill to establish a commission to study the state’s need for the supercharged rail system. That gave birth to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The state agency has struggled for political support ever since.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champConstructing a $40 billion, 700-mile high-speed rail line would help alleviate freeway gridlock and whisk passengers at speeds of up to 220 mph from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 21/2 hours, supporters say. The ride from Palmdale to Los Angeles would take about 27 minutes, compared with the one hour and 44 minutes it now takes on Metrolink. One major hurdle is the cost, but the alternative of building 3,000 miles of freeway, 90 new airport gates and five more runways – the equivalent of building two more airports – to meet future transportation needs would cost $82 billion, Pourvahidi said. A $9.95 billion bond measure to fund the system is set for the November 2008 ballot, but that measure had originally been scheduled for a vote in 2004, and has twice been postponed by the state Legislature. Of that bond amount, $950 million would be earmarked for improvements to commuter rail systems like Metrolink and BART that would feed into the high-speed rail program, Pourvahidi said. The authority also is looking to the federal government and the private sector for additional funding. last_img read more