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Calvert Toney on his way to prison after his conviction for rape on June 7, 2024.
Calvert Toney on his way to prison after his conviction for rape on June 7, 2024.
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A man with a history of sexual offences was on Friday found guilty of raping a woman at Rabacca on March 2, 2020.

After the guilty verdict, the man, Calvert Toney, told Justice Brian Cottle that he had nothing to say in mitigation.

The defendant said he would leave everything in God’s hands.

The judge told him that he would have another chance to mitigate on his behalf before his sentencing on June 28.

The jury also convicted Toney of assaulting the woman, causing actual bodily harm.

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They, however, failed to reach a unanimous verdict on a charge that Toney abducted the woman by taking her from another village in eastern St. Vincent to Rabacca, where he raped her.

Crown Counsel Maria Jackson-Richards, who prosecuted the case, later told the court that the director of public prosecutions was discontinuing that charge.

The jury took 2 hours and 23 minutes to arrive at their verdicts.

Toney was unrepresented at the trial.

On Thursday, he repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the decision of the court to allow the doctor who had examined the virtual complainant to testify via video link from Union Island, where he is the district medical officer.

While Toney cross-examined the doctor, it was a female member of the jury who asked the physician whether the bruises he observed at the entrance of the woman’s vagina could have resulted from consensual sexual intercourse.

The doctor answered in the affirmative.

Toney did not take the stand in his own defence but called one witness to testify on his behalf.

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