The woman who raised Eugene Noel, 32, who was, on Friday, sentenced to 45 years in jail but ordered to serve 30 for sex with a 12-year-old girl, had recognised in him an attraction to underage girls.
At the sentencing at the High Court, Justice Brian Cottle noted that the social inquiry report says Noel’s aunt had encouraged him to
“…she had concerns about what she thought was your propensity to be attracted to teenage girls and felt that it was abnormal. She encouraged you to seek counselling,” Justice Cottle said.
The social inquiry report said that after there were repeated reports in that regard, Noel’s aunt asked him to leave her home.
In mitigation, Noel, who represented himself in the trial, said that while growing up he made a lot of mistakes, adding that everyone makes mistakes.
He told the court he grew up with his aunt, who he thought was his mother, until the day after he turned 12.
Noel’s aunt was not the only person who had recognised his interest in young girls.
Other members of his community, Dauphine, where he grew up, were also concerned by what they perceived as his attraction
And that was long before in 2014, at age 28, Noel befriended the child, had sex with her in her uniform in a restroom of a restaurant and on two other occasions.
After having intercourse with the child, he placed a ring on her marriage finger and later gave her a cellphone.
“There were elements of grooming,” the judge said, as he noted those facts and further pointed out that Noel had sex with the child six times.
He said that while there was no violence, the psychological impact on the child would be difficult to foresee, adding that the child said she felt that he had taken
On Nov. 13, a nine-member jury unanimously found Noel guilty of six counts of unlawful sex with a girl under the age of 13.