Brac rapist jailed for over 11 years

| 23/06/2021 | 27 Comments
Cayman News Service
Cayman Islands courts

(CNS): A 25-year-old man from Cayman Brac was sentenced to eleven years and three months in prison on Tuesday, after he admitted two charges of rape against a woman on a beach on the evening of 27 March 2020. Jay Tyson Chantilope, who has severe mental health problems, admitted the allegations on the eve of his trial but then asked to change his plea, before once again accepting responsibility. The court heard how he laid in wait for his victim, with whom he had only an acquaintance, as she worked home alone from a bar at around 8pm. As Justice Roger Chapple delivered his sentence ruling, he described the frightening ordeal she had endured.

He said that Chantilope had jumped out of the bushes and grabbed the 19-year-old woman by the throat. He threatened to kill her unless she did what he asked and then violently dragged her to the beach, where he proceeded to rape her both vaginally and anally without using a condom. She was finally able to escape and ran to a nearby house, where she told the residents what had happened.

Chantilope was arrested a short while later but he claimed the sexual act had been consensual as the two were in a relationship.

In his ruling, Justice Chapple outlined Chantilope’s severe mental health problems and how he has used drugs and drink to self medicate. Doctors believe that his issues could stem from some form of past traumatic brain injury that have been exacerbated by his misuse of drugs, though this has never been confirmed. While in custody he is being treated with anti-psychotic medication. But the judge found that, given conclusions in various reports by psychiatrists, counsellors and community rehabilitation officers, Chantilope presents a real danger to the community and has a high risk of re-offending.

At the time he was arrested for the rape he was on bail for a number of other offences, including the harassment of a 15-year-old girl, allegations he had taken a hatchet to his mother’s car and at least two incidences where he crashed the same car after taking it without her consent.

The judge said that the appropriate sentence for the rape based on local guidelines was 15 years, after taking into account the aggregating factors which relate to the circumstances of the rape and mitigating factors which largely relate to questions of his culpability, given what are without question serious mental health issues.

But with his eventual guilty plea, which saved the victim from the ordeal of giving evidence, the judge reduced the time by 25%. All of the other sentences for his unrelated offences were short and the judge ordered them to run concurrently with the rape term, in line with the legal requirement for judges to consider the totality of sentences.

The court heard through Chantilope’s attorney that he was remorseful and very sorry for what he had done. He said he understood that he was in need of treatment. Once released, he will also be under a sexual harm prevention order for a further seven years, the full details of which were not disclosed but will see him monitored by the authorities and restricted in contact with his victim and her family, among others. Any breach of the order could see him returned to jail.

As he handed down his ruling, Justice Chapple spoke of the victim’s suffering and how it has had a profound effect on her life. He noted that she has been present throughout the hearings and was finally able to see justice delivered for a violent experience that went beyond the inherent violence of rape.

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  1. anon says:

    Wasn’t a woman sentenced for 7 years just the other day for murdering her boyfriend? Both crimes are bad, but her crime is far worse, yet she’ll be seeing freedom sooner. Can someone explain this to me?

    • Anonymous says:

      Is her crime far worse?

      • Anonymous says:

        Murder is the worst is it not?

        • Anonymous says:

          Murdering an abusive person vs raping an innocent female. I don’t see how either is worse than the next. The innocent female that was raped will live with this trauma for the rest of her days, murdered her soul you could say. So don’t even try that bs comment here.

        • Anonymous says:

          She wasn’t found guilty of murder…….she was found guilty of manslaughter…….big difference in crime and sentencing.

        • Anonymous says:

          The rape victim was not complicit in the violence against them.

          The murder was allegedly done against a serial abuser, whose victim had had enough.

        • A crime is a crime is a crime says:

          Ask the rape victim who has to live with the ordeal for the rest of her life!!!

    • Not Anon says:

      Her crime is worst, really? She killed a man who was KNOWN to stalk and violently beat her.

      This was an innocent 19 year old who was assaulted and violated in the worst possible way by a demented warped human being.

      I wonder how you would quantify your answer were you to be sodomized and raped….sick that you think they are comparable!!

    • Anonymous says:

      With this joke of a judicial system we have,
      He will be out in 2-3 years

    • anon says:

      She’s not likely to murder someone again as soon as she gets out.

    • Equal treatment? says:

      Women have privilege men don’t have. Women are given lesser sentences than men.

  2. Anonymous says:

    11 years… Probably less if it had been against a child. More if it had been against an adult male.

    If he is not going to be treated for his psychological issues, he should have been given a longer sentence. Keep him off the streets.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Career nuisance. Repeat offender. He needs to never walk free again! Given that he has “severe mental health problems”, he should go straight to a mental health facility after his prison term.

    • Anonymous says:

      The mental facility in east end without a fence or security?

      • Anonymous says:

        Definitely not! I meant a REAL mental health facility and only after him receiving mental health treatment for his entire prison term. He should never be allowed to be anywhere with freedom again.

  4. Robert Mugabe IV says:

    That predator should be kept locked up forever.
    Problems with here and other ‘civilized’ countries is that you can get medical professionals on the prosecution or defense side to say things like “could have been from brain trauma……the chance of……..drugs and alcohol played a part …”
    Bla bla bla

    What about the VICTIMS and FUTURE VICTIMS

    “ Chantilope presents a real danger to the community and has a high risk of re-offending”
    There ya go. A high risk of re-offending. What more do you want to hear!! The sentencing guidelines need to be changed drastically to protect the public. This scum will be unleashed on the public in a number of years. That’s a fact !!
    The only way to protect the public from this type of scum is to keep them locked up until it can be medically proven by the same medical experts that he will never attack another human. Let’s see how that would work.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your name sames to suit you to a tee. How dare you refer to a mental patient as scum. What the man needs is treatment for his condition. If treatment is not working then he should be locked up in a suitable accommodation away from the public. But that doesn’t make him scum.

      • Anonymous says:

        so what exactly is scum? take your SJW tactic somewhere else. plenty people walking around with mental health issues that don’t resort to abusing drugs and raping people for their own sexual gratification.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully Jay can finally get the help he needs.

    • Anonymous says:

      That would be great but I’d rather he be locked up until his wiener stopped working.

      • Anonymous says:

        How bad would it be to castrate those in this state of mental haze. His peener needs to stop working except to expel what his kidney processes. There is no reason he should be able to be sexually active in any way shape or form.
        Human rights if he is forcing it on those against their will?

    • Anonymous says:

      Jay always has gotten the help he needs but refuses to comply with aftercare instructions. This brutal attack occurred only a couple of months after he returned from long-term rehab — at government expense — in Jamaica and ceased any such compliance. He couldn’t attend counselling on the Brac because the government refuses to place a full-time counsellor on the island. He always will need to be closely monitored.

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