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Yugge Farrell gestures as she leaves the Kingstown Magistrate's Court on Friday, Jan. 5. (iWN photo)
Yugge Farrell gestures as she leaves the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Friday, Jan. 5. (iWN photo)

Yugge Farrell, the former fashion model charged with using abusive language to Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, wife of Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves, will face a different magistrate when she reappears in court today, Monday, Jan. 22.

At her arraignment before then Kingstown Magistrate, Bertie Pompey, on Jan. 5, Farrell, a 22-year-old resident of Lowmans Bay, was ordered to undergo two weeks of psychiatric evaluation at the Mental Health Centre.

Pompey’s order came in response to an application by the prosecution, which came without any supporting arguments.

The application for psychiatric evaluation was made after Farrell pleaded not guilty to a charge that on Jan. 4 at Kingstown, she used abusive language to wit, “you dirty bitch”, to Duncan Gonsalves.

The application was granted amidst strong protest from lawyer Grant Connell, who has been representing the woman pro bono.

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Pompey’s decision to grant the prosecution request in the absence of supporting argument has led to widespread debate about the functioning of the judiciary in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

However, iWitness News has obtained information that Farrell will face the new Kingstown Magistrate Rickie Burnett, when she appears in court on Monday.

Rickie Burnett
Rickie Burnett will begin sitting at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court today, Monday, Jan. 22. (iWN file photo)

Burnett was appointed as senior magistrate and the post was approved by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

The appointment was announced earlier this month and took effect on Dec. 29, 2017.

The appointment was announced earlier this month.

Burnett has been a magistrate for seven years, and, until recently, was magistrate for District 2, which sits in Mesopotamia, Biabou, Colonaire and Georgetown.

Since her hospitalisation, Farrell has made a number of allegations, including that she had a sexual relationship with the Finance Minister, who is 44-year-old and father of a 7-year-old daughter.

She said that the relationship with the minister ended in 2016.

The finance minister has remained mum about the allegation and Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has said that he has advised the minister, who is also his son, to delay comment and maintain a “dignified silence”.

However, the prime minister has been commenting on various radio stations about Farrell’s arrest, arraignment, and the court proceedings.

The prime minister, who is a lawyer and Minister of Legal Affairs, has gone so far as saying that a magistrate can decide to commit someone to the psychiatric hospital based on information that the prosecutor gives the magistrate outside of the court proceedings and which is not disclosed to either the defendant or to their lawyer.

Meanwhile, Connell has told the media that he has visited his client several times during her hospitalization and that she is doing well.

He told The Vincentian newspaper last week that the evaluation process was ongoing, “whether it is done by a psychiatrist, is a question you might have to ask the man who has been answering all the questions so far in this case”.

11 replies on “Former model Yugge Farrell to face different magistrate”

  1. Mr Connell’s last paragraph says it all.

    Because of the information put out there by Ralph Gonsalves she will never be able to get a fair court hearing in SVG. He has wrecked this girls future and it is quite disgraceful.

  2. Owen Williams says:

    ‘Connell has told the media that he has visited his client several times during her hospitalization and that she is doing well’. It is commendable that the lawyer has visited his client several times! What, however, are his medical qualifications for him to know that ‘she is doing well’?

  3. Vincy Diamond says:

    She is a very important young lady hence the fight to silence her. The truth must come out. It’s clear that they are threatened hence the resources being used to silence her. This cannot be just about an affair and calling someone wife an inappropriate name. This more to this saga.

  4. Am I missing something? Is the alleged affair between Farrell and Camillo occurred between concenting adults? The only issue here is that he owes a fiduciary responsibility to answer to the public given that he is a politician.

  5. Concern Citizen says:

    Owen Williams U Got To B An Ass….. Do U Need Qualifications to know if Someone Is Doin Well C’Mon
    Good Lord…..
    What They Doin To This Young Lady Its Sad Very Sad…[…]

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