Jury finds man guilty of raping woman in Garden District home

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A week-long trial ended Friday afternoon when a jury unanimously found Thairie Robinson guilty of first degree rape.

Robinson was arrested in May of 2016 after a 31-year-old woman reported that a man forced his way into her home, raped her, then stole money and some personal items. DNA evidence pointed investigators to Robinson.

Public records show that Robinson has been in and out of jail over the years. He was accused of sexual assault just days before the attack in the Garden District. At the time of his arrest, police say Robinson was in possession of the victim's ID.

Robinson's attorney, Sara Clarke, said she doesn't think the criminal justice system in Baton Rouge "allows for reasonable doubt to be given to all defendants" based on their social economic status.

"I believe we have work to do within the criminal justice system. I think we all need to work together better and remember that everyone, whether it be the accused or the accuser, has the same rights. Everyone enjoys the presumption of innocence regardless of whatever class you may come from," said Clarke.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says Clarke's comment on the judicial system was made "without any basis." Moore says Robinson was a "sexual predator who raped an innocent victim, as the jury found. Absolutely, no basis whatsoever in fact."

Clarke also said an appeal will be filed on behalf of her client. Robinson is expected to be sentenced September 15.

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