…to serve two consecutive life sentencesIn what she said was meant to send society a strong message, Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on Wednesday sentenced 46-year-old Navindra Badal, called ““Uncle Ravi,” to serve two consecutive life sentences for raping a nine-year-old girl on two separate occasions during 2016.It was determined in the Sexual Offences Court that the acts were committed between July 1st and 31st, 2016, and August 14th and 15th, 2016 at an East Coast Demerara village.When the jury returned the guilty verdicts after two hours of deliberation, Badal had nothing to say after the verdicts were handed down; but the victim, through Child Link Counsellor Celeste Mullin, told the court she feels sad about what had happened to her, and that after she was abused, she started to steal from her mother just to keep friends. Now 11 years old, the victim also said she wanted the offender to go to jail for what he had done to her.In computing the sentence, Justice Beharry took into consideration the physical and psychological impacts the victim has faced. Considering the age of the child, she indicated that the girl has been scarred for life.Justice Beharry’s order is that Badal must serve 45 years on each sentence before getting the chance of parole.Badal was represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay, while State Counsels Ornithia Schmidt and Lisa Cave prosecuted the case.
SOCHI, Russia — The numbers are in for the thrilling USA-Russia men’s hockey game, and they’re huge.NBC Sports Network says 4.1 million people in the United States tuned into the Americans’ dramatic 3-2 victory, a record number for a hockey game on the channel.When the game when to a shootout, 6.4 million people tuned in to watch T.J. Oshie score four times to lead Team USA to the win. The ratings are even more impressive considering the game aired on a Saturday morning back home.T.J. who?Oshie was one of the more anonymous players on the American roster, a very good player for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, but by no means a star.But he’s added more than 150,000 followers to his Twitter account — @OSH74 — and received a tweet of congratulations from President Obama since his big moment.There’s the rub for the NHL. Some team owners aren’t happy with shutting down their league for two weeks and let their star players risk injury playing in the Olympics.But for a league that has struggled to gain a foothold in the crowded American sports market place, the Olympics represent the biggest opportunity to showcase its talent to a mass audience.And it’s not just on Team USA. A casual fan that watched USA-Russia may have seen Pavel Datsyuk’s electric play and decide to tune in when he’s playing for the Detroit Red Wings after the games.The players have spoken. The fans have spoken. Now it will be interesting to see if the television numbers do anything to change the minds of some owners who are determined to end the relationship.TweetPinShare0 Shares