Police constable Vishram Ragoo has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for five offences including the 2008 rape of a teenager.

The victim was two months pregnant when some of the offences occurred.

Ragoo, 40, who was found guilty last July of rape, grievous sexual assault, common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and false imprisonment, was sentenced to a total of 43 years for the crimes.

The sentences are to run concurrently. He will therefore serve 18 years in jail.

Justice Carla Browne-Antoine passed the sentence a short while ago before the San Fernando High Court.

She took into consideration the aggravating factors of the offence which included that the victim was then 17 years old, Ragoo was a police officer and in a position of trust and a family friend. The judge found there were no mitigating factors as it pertained to the offence.

The judge also considered the aggravating and mitigating factors of the offender.

She also noted that although Ragoo and the victim were in a sexual relationship since the victim was 14 years old, she was a minor and therefore the relationship was illegal.

Attorney Veona Neale-Munroe represented the State in the matter while Ragoo was represented by Selwyn Ramlal.(Trinidad Express)

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