Sex offender due to be released
A notice was issued yesterday to inform the public about a sex offender to be released from prison today.
Brittonie Lloyd Taylor, 39, will live in Pembroke after he is freed from the Prison Farm in St George’s. He was convicted and jailed for serious sexual assault and intrusion on a woman’s privacy.
Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Minister of Legal Affairs, issued the notice. A ministry spokeswoman said the minister has legal powers to release information about sex offenders “who are considered to present a risk of significant harm to the health or safety of the public, an affected group of people, or an individual”.
She added: “In accordance with this power, the minister, after consulting with the Commissioner of Police, has determined that the public should be notified of Mr Taylor’s release.”
She added that based on the crimes and other information, Ms Simmons “determined that the Ministry of Education should be provided with information regarding this offender, to ensure that relevant schools are notified about his impending release”.
Taylor, originally from Jamaica, was imprisoned for 16 years in 2012 after he pleaded guilty to a daylight serious sexual assault on a woman at a bus stop on South Road in Smith’s the previous year.
He admitted carrying his victim to an isolated area and forcing her to perform a sex act on him. Taylor also attempted to rape the woman, but she was able to fight him off.
The sentence was later reduced to 14 years by the Court of Appeal.
Marc Daniels, who appeared for Taylor, claimed at an appeal hearing in 2013 that the “egregiousness” of the attack was at the lower end of the scale. He added that Taylor had “admitted his wrongdoing and expressed genuine remorse”, and also suffered from a bipolar condition.
Mr Daniels added that reports suggested Taylor was at low risk of reoffending. Edmund Zacca, who led the panel of appeal judges, said then: “Although this is a serious case of sexual assault, it cannot be said to be the most serious of offences.”
Taylor also pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to attacking a woman jogger in Hamilton Parish 35 minutes before the bus stop attack. He accosted the woman twice, but she managed to fight him off and got help from a passing motorist.
Taylor pleaded guilty to intrusion into the privacy of the jogger and was later given another year in jail for the offence.
• To view the public notification, click on the PDF link under “Related Media”.
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