A couple from Maracas/St Joseph has been sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting a two-year-old child they were babysitting in 2015.
Dexter Gobin and his Jamaican wife Yanique Taylor-Gobin received the sentence after they pleaded guilty to two child abuse charges before Magistrate Adrian Darmanie during a virtual hearing, on Thursday.
Darmanie started with a four-year sentence for the couple based on the aggravating factors in the case but applied discounts for their guilty pleas and because they already paid compensation to the victim’s family.
As Gobin spent approximately five months on remand before he was able to access the $150,000 bail he was granted, he would have to serve almost 20 months in prison.
Immigrations issues allegedly led to Taylor-Gobin having to wait for a little over two years on remand before she was granted bail and Darmanie ruled that she had already served her sentence.
Presenting a mitigation plea on the couple’s behalf, their lawyer Shervon Noreiga claimed that they were remorseful for their actions and had paid the victim’s family $10,000 in restitution.
In a victim impact statement, which was considered by Darmanie before he decided on the appropriate sentence for the couple, the child’s mother claimed that the money was used to pay for counselling.
The assault on the child occurred between May 17 and 24, 2015 at the couple’s home.
The couple was arrested after a video of the incident went viral.
The video depicted Gobin slapping and punching the child because she was not drinking a bottle of milk fast enough for him.
While Gobin was on remand, he was allegedly beaten by prison officers, who sought to re-enact what transpired in the video.
The case was prosecuted by Khadija Sinanan of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).