A 52-year-old former East Bank Essequibo resident who was previously charged with having sex with a horse was this morning sentenced to 29 years in prison for the rape of a nine-year-old girl in 2008.

The sentence was imposed on Gingesh Khan by Justice Brassington Reynolds at the High Court in Georgetown. Before the sentencing, the court heard that Khan was previously charged for engaging in sexual activities with a horse. A probation report also revealed that Khan was in the habit of imbibing alcohol. Further, the report said that persons in Khan’s community had accused him of committing sexual activities on their livestock.

According to the indictment presented by State Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Seeta Bishundial, Khan committed the rape on the girl between August 1 and August 31, 2008, in the county of Demerara. Based on information, Khan is known to the girl’s family.

The child later complained to her parents and a report was lodged with the police. Investigations were carried out and Khan was arrested and charged.

The victim, who is now an adult, told the court that she still feels hurt and ashamed. She noted that Khan was known to her and her family and that everyone in the community knew what he had done to her. As a result, she was forced to move, she said.

Having considered the nature and circumstances surrounding the case and the fact that Khan expressed no remorse, Justice Brassington imposed the custodial sentence.

Attorney-at-Law Ravindra Mohabir appeared for Khan.



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