The model charged with using abusive language at Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, wife of the Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves, delivered a “blackmail” letter to each of their offices as well as that of the Office of the Prime Minister, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said Thursday.
“The envelope in which that document was[placed] is still in the possession of the staff here (Office of the Prime Minister). And the person who received it knows who delivered it. Knows the individual, the same individual who delivered it. Why don’t people just get basic facts,” the prime minister said Thursday in a call to Shake-up on WE FM.
Yugge Farrell, 22, of Lowmans Bay, was arrested in Kingstown, reportedly after delivering a letter to Duncan-Gonsalves’ office at the Attorney General’s Chambers and calling her “a dirty b***h” last week Thursday, Jan. 4.
In his comments on We-FM on Thursday, Jan. 11 — three days after his youngest son, Storm Gonsalves, made a disastrous attempt on Hot 97 FM to present the “back story” surrounding the case — the prime minister gave what he said were the facts of the matter.
“The lady in question turned up on Friday at the chambers of the attorney general,” the prime minister said, placing the alleged incident one day later than when it reportedly occurred.
“I have been advised that she wrote in the book, because she is — they have a system where you write in the book at the Attorney General’s Chambers. She told the police on duty that she had a letter to deliver to Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, who is a Senior Crown Counsel at the attorney general’s chambers,” Gonsalves further said in his call to the radio station.
“Karen came out to get the letter, I have been advised, and the young lady started to curse and deliver a quote-unquote blackmail letter.”
The prime minister said that he learnt only Wednesday that it was Attorney General Jaundy Martin who advised Duncan-Gonsalves to make a formal complaint to the police “and to send the blackmail letter to the police and that it is the Attorney General who advised the police on duty to take the lady to the barracks.”
Gonsalves’ press secretary, Hans King, who was hosting the programme, said that this understanding was that the police on duty at the Attorney General’s Chambers had detained Farrell until his colleagues went to get her.
The prime minister said that the “blackmail letter” has a lot of “nastiness” in it.
“Very much so,” said King.
“A set of defamatory — a mountain of lies and abuse; just sickening,” the prime minister said.
When she was arraigned last Friday at the Kingstown Magistrate’s court, Magistrate Bertie Pompey, at the request of the prosecution, sent Farrell for two weeks’ psychiatric evaluation.
The magistrate’s decision came amidst strong protest by defence counsel Grant Connell, who noted that the prosecution had presented no evidence to support their application.
The development has generated much debate amidst a large segment of the Vincentian population at home and abroad.
Since Farrell’s detention, a number or videos have appeared on social media of the woman making a number of claims, including that she had a relationship with Camillo.
Camillo has not commented on the development and the prime minister said Thursday that he (the prime minister) and his deputy, Sir Louis Straker, have advised the finance minister not to comment.
The prime minister has so advised his son and finance minister even as the prime minister has criticised persons for commenting without “the facts”.
The prime minister said that from “that sequence of events” that he presented, neither Duncan-Gonsalves, Camillo, or their 7-year-old daughter has done anything wrong.
“On the other hand, they have been wronged.”
He said Duncan-Gonsalves made a report, the police acted, took Farrell to the magistrate’s court and the magistrate acted in accordance with the law.
“And that’s that,” Gonsalves said.
Farrell is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 22. 2018.