Bermudian who attacked tourist in room jailed for 18 years

Thursday, March 08, 2018

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HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC)— A serial sex offender has been sent to prison for 18 years after a Supreme Court jury convicted him of sexually assaulting a tourist in her hotel room.

The court was told that Lonnie Trott, 56, climbed into the second-floor room at the Grotto Bay Resort, stripped naked and assaulted a woman while she slept.

The attack came less than two hours after he broke into another room at the same hotel and terrified a couple.

Trott had previously been convicted in 1990 for the rape of a tourist while awaiting trial for a previous rape.

“Trott is on the top shelf, in my opinion, among the most dangerous sexual offenders in the country, and his sentence must be such that society feels some comfort,” said Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves on Wednesday.

He called Trott a cunning, determined predator focused on getting what he desired even after being stopped once.

Justice Greaves ordered that Trott be placed on the sex offenders list and that he serve a minimum of nine years before he is eligible for parole.

“This court considers you such a dangerous predator that really you ought not be released until you serve the entire sentence, but I am bound by the law and restrained by that,” Greaves said.

Trott maintained his innocence throughout his trial but was convicted of one count of sexual assault and two counts of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault.

Trott admitted going into the woman's room, but claimed he did so only to defecate.

Prosecutor Larissa Burgess said Trott had shown absolutely no remorse for his crimes and continued to maintain his “bewildering” version of events.

She detailed Trott's previous convictions, both of which came after he climbed up to a second-floor room at the Club Med resort in St George's and attacked the guests inside.

Trott was sentenced to a total of 20 years for the offences, but was released on December 18, 2007.

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