Man to be sentenced for rape of teenage girl

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A man who was previously convicted of rape for forcing himself on a 15-year-old girl near Pensioners Beach will be sentenced next week.

Leon Riley initially faced charges in April 2016, resulting in a 15-year prison sentence following a jury trial that found him guilty of rape and serious indecency.

However, in November 2021, Riley was released after the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal overturned his conviction.

Subsequently, a retrial was ordered, commencing in May under the supervision of a new judge, Justice Ann-Marie Smith.

After a retrial earlier this year, a new jury panel found Riley guilty in June, leading to his incarceration pending sentencing.

He is now set to be sentenced on September 29.

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