A St Catherine man who pleaded guilty to a charge of buggery involving an elderly man believed to be of unsound mind has been sentenced to one year in prison at hard labour.
Justice Crescencia Brown, who imposed the sentence in the St Catherine Circuit Court last Friday, also ordered that the 27-year-old convict’s name be listed in the sexual offenders registry.
His name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, who was 62 years old at the time, and his family.
The man also pleaded guilty on June 19 to assault occasioning bodily harm for hitting the elderly man in the face during the attack and was sentenced to one year at hard labour. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Brown, in handing down the sentences, explained that she took into account the fact that the 27-year-old man spent three and a half years in custody awaiting trial.
The maximum sentence for buggery is seven years.
The guilty plea came just after prosecutors had empaneled a jury.
The incident took place in Linstead, St Catherine, on the night of December 14, 2015.
According to the evidence, the victim was walking along the roadway when the man pulled him into a lane, removed his clothes and buggered him.