A 39 year-old man in St. Vincent, who was found guilty of raping his wife four years ago, has been sentenced to 13 years in jail.
An eight-member jury had, in November, also found the man guilty of assaulting his wife between October 15 and 18, 2014, occasioning actual bodily harm.
The man’s name or identity is being withheld and the jury had also returned a guilty verdict that on December 13, 2014, he abducted his wife and assaulted her.
During the trial, the court heard that the couple was having marital problems and that there was no communication between them while the wife was in England for three months caring for an ill sibling.
The jury accepted the prosecution’s case that the man had raped his wife on October 13 after he forced himself into an apartment where the woman was living with their son.
The court heard that the man had wielded a penknife during an argument with his wife and during the fracas demanded whether or not she had been faithful to him.
But defence counsel Ronald “Ronnie” Marks argued that the couple had engaged in “make-up sex”.