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The sentencing of a 59-year-old man from Maraval, who admitted to indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl on nine occasions in 2012, has been adjourned.

Ainsley Letren, of Paramin Hill, Maraval, was allowed to plead guilty to the offences late last month.

Prosecutors from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and his defence attorney were scheduled to present submissions in his mitigation plea during a virtual hearing before Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas yesterday.

However, when the case was called, prosecutor Ambay Ramkellawan suggested that more reports on Letren should be sourced to assist with determining an appropriate sentence.

Ramkellawan pointed out that an initial bio-social report indicated that he may or may not be suffering from a psychological medical condition and she questioned whether he should be sent for a mental health evaluation.

Letren’s lawyer Tonya Thomas, of the Public Defenders Department, appeared hesitant to agree to an adjournment for such an evaluation as she pointed out that he (Letren) was never diagnosed with the condition alluded to in the report.

She claimed that Letren did not see an evaluation as necessary and was concerned that such a procedure would further delay his sentencing.

St Clair-Douglas appeared to agree with Ramkellawan over the usefulness of the exercise and adjourned the case to July 8 to consider the issue and return with a decision.

According to the evidence, Letren was accused of attacking the teenager on nine occasions between August and November, 2012, with the indecent assaults taking the form of inappropriate touching of the victim’s breast.

Letren was also allowed to plead guilty to arson and common assault charges arising out of a separate incident, in which a woman and her three children were doused with gasoline and their house set on fire.

The arson and common assault charges arose out of an incident on November 29, 2012.

Letren was allegedly having an argument with a woman and doused her and her three children with gasoline. He then set their home on fire.

The woman and her children escaped but Letren was reportedly injured in the fire and had to be hospitalised before being charged.

The DPP’s Office is also being represented by Indira Chinebas.

(DA)