A Forestierre man labelled a ‘serial rapist’ will spend the next 36 years behind bars, for the offences of rape and sexual assault committed over a two-year period.
Kirby Lima had pleaded guilty to the charges, at the sentencing hearing, which was held last October, whereby the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Sentencing Guidelines for Sexual Offences were applied.
Lima’s offences date back to August 5, 2011, when the first offence was committed and he was charged for the sexual assault of a female who was 12 years old, at the time. Forty-one days later, he raped a 23-year-old woman. On February 1, 2013, Lima committed another rape offence on a 28-year-old woman and finally, on July 12, 2013, raped a 17-year-old female.
According to a court judgment, in each of the sexual encounters, Lima “entered the homes of his unsuspecting victims at night, waited till they were alone and promptly blindfolded his victims and, with or without the aid of a weapon and had vaginal and anal intercourse with his victims.”
Police investigations led to DNA evidence linking to Lima, and he was subsequently charged for the offences.
On 22 October 2021, Lima pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one count of unlawful sexual connection.
On the two counts of sexual offences which was committed in 2011, he was sentenced to a term of 18 years imprisonment for each count of rape, to run concurrently.
For the offences committed in 2013, Lima was sentenced to a term of 18 years imprisonment for the count of rape and 10 years imprisonment for the offence of unlawful sexual connection. These sentences are to run concurrently.
However, the court deemed that the term of 18 years imprisonment in relation to the offence which occurred on September 16, 2011, and the term of 18 years imprisonment in relation to the offence which occurred on February 1, 2013, were to be served consecutively.
Consequently, in handing down judgment, the Court reflected on the Pre-Sentence Report and evidence of a social worker which indicated that Lima had demonstrated considerable remorse and was prepared to rehabilitate, if given an opportunity.
For his part, the convicted man said, he regretted the harm inflicted on his victims and the long-term implications of these infringements.
Lima indicated that he was willing to make amends for his wrongdoings and would like to reach out to other young men, to deter them from indulging in such behaviour.