The following statement was released by Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Nicholas Pedro:

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) welcomes the sentence in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022, in a case where a man seriously sexually assaulted a woman in Pembroke on September 20th, September, 2020.

The woman had been walking to work in the Fairylands area of Pembroke on that day, when she was approached by a male on a cycle who proceeded to sexually assault her in the early hours of the morning.

Detectives from our Vulnerable Persons Unit responded to the matter, and having built a good rapport with the woman, were able to progress lines of enquiry that led to the identification, arrest, and charging of the suspect in this case.

Ronald Kirkland Simmons, now 39-years-old, from Pembroke, was arrested by detectives following specific evidence obtained in the case, six days after the assault.

In the Supreme Court, Simmons was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment.

We are acutely aware of the trauma, and stigma(s) attached to any incident of sexual assault, and are very grateful that we could help bring this dangerous offender to justice.

Hopefully the woman who was subjected to this incident of sexual assault will take some measure of comfort from this result, and be able to continue her healing journey.

We are keen to assist, support, and help any person who may have been sexually assaulted.

If you have questions, or would like to talk to one of our trained professionals about a sexual assault, please contact the Vulnerable Persons Unit on 247-1739 or 211. We are here to help.