10-year prison sentence in rape plea deal

A man accused of raping a 22-year-old virgin agreed to a plea deal on Wednesday.

Oswald Poitier III pleaded guilty to raping the woman near a business on the East West Highway on May 23, 2018 in the middle of his trial before Justice Guillimina Archer-Minns.

Under the plea deal, Poitier was sentenced to 10 years in prison with credit for the 14 months he had spent on remand.

Poitier was on bail during his trial.

The woman and Poitier went out that evening. Poitier started to make sexual advances, which she rejected.

As the woman started to walk home, Poitier threw her to the ground and violated her.

Medical evidence showed the woman had injuries and DNA linked him to the crime.

The victim’s father picked up his daughter at Super Wash on Minnie Street after 2 a.m. after his mother woke him.

The witness said he met his daughter, whom he described as “shaken, upset and afraid”.

The man said he asked her what had happened and she replied, “Daddy, I was raped.”

When asked who had raped her, she said, “Oswald Samuel Poitier.”

His daughter then showed him a photo of her attacker on a cellphone, the court heard.

Then, the witness took his daughter to the Central Detective Unit to make a complaint.

Keith Seymour represented Poitier. Erica Duncombe-Ingraham and Mark Penn prosecuted.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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