Barnes sentenced to life for rape

Jeffrey Barnes has been sentenced to life imprisonment following his third conviction for rape.

Justice Charles Quin imposed the term Tuesday afternoon for an incident in which a woman was raped after her home was broken into at night in October 2011. A jury found Barnes guilty of the crime earlier this year.

Barnes, 33, was sentenced to a term of 15 years imposed in May by Justice Alexander Henderson for abduction, rape and attempted rape. In that incident, the victim was compelled to enter Barnes’s vehicle and then taken to a secluded area where the other offenses occurred. Justice Henderson said his sentence would have been 20 years but for Barnes’ guilty plea.

Both judges cited Barnes’s record of previous convictions, which included one for rape in 2001.

Justice Quin said evidence before the court indicated Barnes was violent, dangerous and likely to offend again if not imprisoned for a very long time. His view was that Barnes was a serious risk to women in the Cayman Islands.

Because of the jury trial, Justice Quin had imposed a gag order on all reporting until the matters were concluded.
Please see details in a later edition of the Caymanian Compass.