March 2015

Former Jamaican Defence Force officer jailed for having sex with a child in Bristol

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HE was a head boy and rose through the ranks to become an army officer trained by the Royal Marines

But now Glenroy Forknor is a prisoner serving a five-year sentence for having sex with a child.

Forknor came to the UK from his native Jamaica, Bristol Crown Court heard.

After finding work in the security business he went on to sexually abuse a 14-year-old girl.

Forknor, 32, who was living in Brislington, pleaded guilty to three charges of having sexual activity with a child.

Judge Euan Ambrose told him: “You are 32, you are of previous good character and you have no convictions or cautions.

“You are well educated, you have served in the military in Jamaica and you have worked.

“You have expressed considerable remorse for what you have done and you were anxious to avoid (the girl) having to give evidence.”

The judge said Forknor would be deported at the end of his custodial term. He told him to sign as sex offender for life and barred him from working with children.

Anna Vigars, prosecuting, said Forknor met the youngster and, on multiple occasions, had sexual activity with her. The girl was curious but wasn’t really sure why she let Forknor do things to her, the court heard.

Mrs Vigars said the girl’s family found out Forknor was abusing and it was reported to police.

A statement from the child’s mother confirmed the victim’s education had suffered as a result.

Rosaleen Collins, defending, said physical contact between her client and the youngster had been minimal, which was backed up by medical evidence.

She said Forknor gained seven GCSEs at school in Jamaica and attained the status of head boy before serving in the Jamaican Defence Force.

Miss Collins said his rise through the officer ranks to adjutant saw him come to the UK for training with the Royal Marines.

Miss Collins told the court Forknor left the Army, came to the UK and turned to the girl after becoming depressed.

She said: “He would say that the consensual relationship started by accident.

“He accidentally touched her, she said she liked it and he accepts wholeheartedly he should never have allowed this to happen.

“He bitterly regrets is conduct. He wants to go back to Jamaica and he will be deported even if he doesn’t want to go back.

“He was at a low ebb at the time.”