April 18, 2023 -A 43-year-old man in Bermuda has been sent to prison for 35 years by a Supreme Court judge after being convicted of committing a series of sex acts on two young sisters.
Locksley Cummings, who showed no emotion during Monday’s 25-minute sentencing, will spend at least 17½ years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.
Cummings had been found guilty by a jury of five counts of sexual exploitation after a trial in February.
He had denied the charges.
The offences on the first victim took place between 2007 and 2009 when she was eight or nine years old.
The court heard how Cummings touched her sexually on one occasion and had intercourse with her on the second occasion.
Seven years later, Cummings began preying on the younger sister of the first victim, who was also a young girl at the time, the court heard.
Between 2016 and 2021, Cummings had intercourse multiple times with his second victim, who was aged nine when the attacks started.
He also made his victim perform a sex act on him on one occasion.
The majority of the incidents occurred at Cummings’ home.
Puisne Judge Shade Subair Williams sentenced Cummings to 17 years for two counts against the first victim and 18 years for three counts against the second victim.
She said that because the incidents had taken place over two separate periods of time the sentences should run consecutively rather than concurrently.
The judge said Cummings’ crimes were one of the worst non-death cases she had ever seen in Bermuda and that he had put his victims through “a nightmare”.
Addressing Cummings, she said “you violated that little girl like only a monster could.
“To think that any person could be so vile and cruel. May you one day step away from your cowardly denial of these heinous crimes and address your demons. You will have to ask yourself the question, ‘Can I ever forgive myself?’”