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Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, left, and Gailene Farrell, mother of former model, Yugge Farrell. (iWN photo)
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, left, and Gailene Farrell, mother of former model, Yugge Farrell. (iWN photo)
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By Kenton X. Chance

The mother of embattled former model, Yugge Farrell, who has claimed that she was in a relationship with Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves that ended in 2016, says she met last year with Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, Camillo’s father, and discussed the alleged relationship.

“It might look to people like is the first time but I [have] been to De Comrade already. Me and he reason out and he told me bring the witness that Camillo used to go by and take my kid for having night club and all them kind of thing,” Gailene Farrell told iWitness News on Tuesday, one day after her daughter was sent back to the psychiatric hospital for a third consecutive week.

(Scroll for our complete video interview with Gailene Farrell)

On Monday, Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnet sent Yugge, 22, back to the Mental Health Centre as he decides on legal arguments presented by Director of Public Prosecutions Colin Williams and defence counsel Grant Connell about a medical report that says the accused woman is not fit to plea to an abusive language charge.

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On Jan. 5, when she appeared before Bertie Pompey at the Kingstown Magistrate Court, Farrell pleaded not guilty to a charge that on the previous day in Kingstown, she used abusive language, to wit, “you dirty b***h” at Camillo’s wife, Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, a senior crown counsel.

Pompey granted an application by the prosecution to send Farrell to the Mental Health Centre for two weeks of observation.

The Crown presented no arguments or information to support its application, but the magistrate granted it, amidst strong protest by defence counsel Grant Connell.

One day after her court-ordered hospitalisation, some videos were posted on social media in which Yugge made a number of allegations, including that she had a sexual relationship with Camillo, which ended in 2016.

The medical report presented to the court on Monday says that Yugge is unfit for trial.

The DPP has asked the court to order that Farrell remain at the psychiatric hospital for further treatment, and Connell asked that she be released on bail.

Magistrate Burnett is slated to give his ruling on Monday, Jan. 29.

Meetings with the PM

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. (iWN file photo)

Gailene told iWitness News on Tuesday that she and the Prime Minister met at his office last year.

“We spoke about Yugge when she wasn’t feeling — I see something in the newspaper. I went to the CID and report it and then the Monday I go to De Comrade and me and he reason and he told me go for the witness, go for the lady who see Camillo used to take Yugge and go. I went for her and we reason out. He said he would bring a doctor name Dr. Belle to help me with Yugge because he told me that people with these kind of brain, you can’t leave them,” Gailene told iWitness News.

She said that she told the prime minister that she understood that her daughter was in a relationship with his son, Camillo, 44.

“I carry the paper for him. Me and him bin done reason since last year,” Gailene said, adding that she carried to see the prime minister the lady who reportedly knew about the alleged relationship.

“And De Comrade, me and the lady, we were speaking. The lady even give him a paper with a name on it, a number and everything.”

Gailene said that after a meeting with the prime minister, she told Yugge that she had gone to see the head of government.

“She said, ‘For true?’ She laughed.  She feel pleased.”

Gailene said she and Yugge went to the Office of the prime minister subsequently.

“And he ignored us. You understand? He ignored us. And when she (Yugge) coming down, she said, ‘Remember, tell him is Jahdatta.’”

Farrell has appeared in videos on the internet referring to herself as Jahdatta.

During Monday’s court appearance, it was revealed that Farrell had been hospitalised at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital for about three days last February, during which she was treated for dehydration and given anti-psychotic medication.

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Yugge Farrell during her time as a model. (Internet photo)

Gailene said that she knew about her daughter’s hospitalisation, but when asked if she knew her daughter was treated for a mental health condition, she said:

“Well, I don’t think that was a mental health condition. I think the doctor tell me she was dehydrated, something like that.

She identified the physician as “Dr. Providence”.

The mother told iWitness News that she understands that it was the police who had taken her daughter to the hospital.

Gailene told iWitness News that Dr. Providence, who she said is their cousin, told her that Yugge was not co-operating with the police and they wanted to take her to the Mental Health Centre and she (Dr. Providence) had told them no, because they are related.

Gailene said that Yugge was living with her at the time of her hospitalisation.

Asked if her daughter was behaving in any way that “you, as a lay person, would think that she is crazy or she has a mental problem”, Gailene said, “No, Yugge ain’t been behaving so. Yugge been good all the time.

“Yugge used to visit Dr. Providence all the time and normally, she been good.”

She said Yugge visited Dr. Providence for medical reasons but said she did not know what condition her daughter had why she had to visit the doctor.

Alleged relationship with Camillo

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, right, has been talking about the scandal about which he says he has advised his son and Finance Minister, Camillo Gonsalves, to maintain “a dignified silence”. They are seen here at a press conference in September 2017. (iWN file photo)

The mother also spoke to iWitness News about the alleged relationship that her daughter had with Camillo.

She said that one day she heard Yugge speaking and her daughter said she was speaking with Camillo.

Gailene told iWitness News that before that, Yugge used to be hanging out in Bottom Town, but stopped after the alleged relationship with Camillo began.

“Yo’ know, like yo’ dey on the street, somebody like yo’ in a high position, we will say, well, we are poor black people, you understand? So come like maybe Yugge go feel good now, like, ah talking to the prime minister’s son and she come back home. Maybe to show him some respect.”

The mother said Yugge used to be in Rose Place with some girls called “the parliament girls”, the mother said, describing “the parliament girls” as “a group”, members of which normally go to Camillo to the night club.

Farrell said that during the time of the alleged relationship, which reportedly began sometime in 2013, she did not see her daughter for some years.

“During the time, I miss her for couple years. Going in three years and some months I ain’t seeing my kid at all.”

She said that she did not know where Yugge was and did not try to find her.

“After I get to understand she with Camillo I never went no further,” the woman said, adding that she had gotten the impression that Camillo and Yugge were together.

She said that her daughter did not specifically tell her that she was in a relationship with Camillo.

“But from my experience, I say, ‘Yugge, yo’ talking to Camillo? Bring him home nah.’ She never bring him.”

In the Vincentian vernacular, “bring home”, in this context, refers to a person taking a significant other to their parents’ home to introduce them to each other.

This is often done when a person is in a serious relationship or courtship with a view to marriage with that person.

Farrell told iWitness News that she never knew that Camillo — who has a 7-year-old — was married until her daughter’s arrest.

She, however, said that she got the impression from Yugge that she and Camillo lived together.

“Because she even said that Camillo has a daughter and would like her to teacher the daughter,” the mother told iWitness News.

Gailene, however, said that she has never met or had a conversation with Camillo.

The ‘missing’ years

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Former model, Yugge Farrel, is escorted from the Kingstown Magistrate Court for transportation to the Mental Health Centre on Monday. (iWN image)

She said that the three years when Yugge was away from her house began in 2013.

“Because ‘14, ’15, and ’16, she wasn’t around me. She didn’t sleeping around me. She was with Camillo.”

She told iWitness News she also understood from Yugge’s father that Camillo and Yugge were living together in a house.

Gailene said “a witness lady named Clem” gave Yugge’s father that information.

When iWitness News visited the Farrell’s home community of Lowmans Bay on Jan. 8, residents there told us that Farrell’s father had boasted repeatedly that Camillo was his son-in-law.

Gailene told iWitness News on Tuesday that she has heard Yugge’s father say this.

“Well, yeah, is he son-in-law, because she dey (in a relationship) with him.”

Gailene said she was convinced that Yugge was in a relationship with Camillo.

“And I did accept it,” she said adding that she has known Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves for a very long time.

Yugge a private person

On Jan. 7, two days after Yugge was arraigned, her father, Calvert Charles, told iWitness News that Yugge does not discuss her personal life with him.

“She is a kind of lady, she does tell you she grown up. She don’t communicate much with nobody in the home.”

Asked if he was concerned that she might have a mental health issue, he said there were time when he found that she “was moving a kinda (kind of) way, but for the past months, I find she was acting a little more normal to me.”

The father said that while Yugge was modelling, he did not see her for about three years, “because she did live in she own place.

“She did rent a property. I didn’t know who paying for it, I didn’t know how she stand in all them times. I just see like she get down and she came back home,” he said, adding that Yugge has her own room at his house in Lowmans Bay.

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One of Yugge Farell’s older sister, who did not give her name to the media, interacts wtih Dr. Karen Providence, left, outside the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Monday. (iWN image)

The father said that when Yugge was living on her own, he did not visit her, but she would call him and arrange to meet with him at different places in Kingstown.

“One or two time, might be every six months or like when she used to go away to Barbados and them place, sometimes she go and do shows and things, when she come back she mighta (might have) call me and me and she mighta meet up in town and we might discuss about the show and different things.”

The father said that Yugge never took him to where she was living, adding that only her youngest brother had gone there and had spent a night when she had participated in a show.

He said that when she returned home, no one tried to question her about what had happened.

The father said he was concerned about his daughter.

“Is I who work to get money and send them school, mek sure they grow up to be good people,” Charles said.

He said he was not on social media but Yugge’s brother would tell him about what was being said there.

“It is a serious thing tekking place within the nature of the life,” the father said.

Asked what he meant by that, he said: “Well, the kind of things I hearing and different comments I hear people mekking, I just could listen.”

The father said he knew of his daughter’s arrest when she called him from the Mental Health Centre, saying that she had asked for a telephone call to contact him.

In the interview on Tuesday, Gailene told iWitness News that she and Prime Minister Gonsalves have has known each other “for a very long time.

“We know for a very long time. I didn’t even … have a kid when I know the prime minister.

“If I use to get in any little thing with the law, he used to stand up for me, so I just always keep more closer and those kinds of things,” said Farrell, who has served time in jail for causing the death of her son a number of years ago.

Farrell and Yugge’s father, Calvert Charles, also of Lowmans Bay, are currently facing charges of attempted murder and arson.

The Crown has alleged that on Nov. 1, 2017, Charles and Farrell set afire a timber house owned and occupied by Edward Durrant, 53, of Lowmans Bay.

It is reported that on November 1st 2017, the duo set on fire a wall and timber dwelling house, valued at 10 thousand dollars, and owned by 53 year old Edward Durrant of the same address and inflicted cutlass wounds on him as he tried to escape.

The accused have each been granted EC$30,000 bail with one surety and were ordered to surrender all travel documents to the court, to report to the Questelles Police Station on Mondays between the hours of 6 a.m.and 6 p.m. and not to leave the state without the permission of the court.

A preliminary inquiry into the indictable charges is slated to commence on Feb. 6 at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown.

She said the situation with Yugge really touched her heart.

30 replies on “Yugge-Camillo ‘relationship’ discussed with PM in 2017 – mom (+Video)”

  1. Excellent investigative journalism. This raised my eyebrows. These are the facts as the mother and father have revealed them. It would be interesting to hear from Clem and the Parliament Girls. Seems like there is a case of unlawful carnal knowledge here. That’s my worse fear. Hope not…. I like the young Gonsalves. He is a very promising, intelligent, innovative and forward-thinking politician. Sadly, this new revelation does not look good for him. One of my bosses said to me, “the chips lie where they fall”.

    1. Unlawful Carnal Knowledge? Where? I deduced that 14, 15, 16 refer to the years following the 2013 that was mentioned.

  2. I sorry she didn’t get house land n green Sudan from him dirty f***a. yall do that girl bad very very bad if she was a rich person daughter yall wouldn’t have done that and yall try to put her in the mental to make ppl feel d girl mad. […] I pray for u baby girl just take it easy boo

    1. Everyone is talking about the girl and how much they Care. But they don’t even know the girl. They’re just knew of the politician. So they’re stretching things out. Not knowing with politics. Hurting the girl more.

    1. Understatement of the year. *Sigh * She automatically becomes the perfect candidate for such a thing, because no immediate family would really intervene. Cha!

  3. Dillon Antoine says:

    I really feel it for this girl and her family. This girl can be any one of us daughter sister wife or girlfriend. To see what this government and our judicial system is doing to this girl is disgusting and disturbing.our freedom of speech are being eroded day by day with this government we have in svg. We as vincy people weather in svg or here in North America needs to do more to keep this girl life from being destroyed by this government.

  4. Caribbean Pete says:

    I have been paying close attention to the development…. curious to hear Dr. Spin take on this!!!
    So sad what we poor people have to go through…

    1. If there was ever a champion of the poor is the current PM. How much poor people around the world could say they’ve had a chance to talk to their PM and he listened and remember them BY NAME.
      Forgot who started the education revolution? Who ensured that from each house someone got a scholarship a chance t lift the family out of poverty.Yet, some left the country instead of staying and build SVG, others failed to remember the chance they got, and finally some turned back and bite the hand that fed them. Under the previous regime- where did most of the scholarship went to the elites and the wealthy? DO your research! if there was ever a champion for the poor is the Comrade!

  5. What a mess! Obviously, Yugge did not grow up in a very good environment and then later along with a group of other girls was used as a play-thing […] then cast aside like a used-up pair of shoes. We are certain to get even more dirty laundry […] as the plot thickens. Now the Prime Minister has egg all over his face after publicly saying it was all lies… What about the ‘blackmail letter”? That was not mentioned anywhere except in the beginning of the cover-up by […] but obviously, the contents of the letter would do tremendous damage […] The objective is obviously to destroy the credibility of Yugge Ferrell. They figured the best way to do this is send her to a mental institution where they can pump her full of drugs to alter her behavior especially before the trial. They would throw a party if she committed suicide.

  6. Well the mother has spoken, after visiting the prime minister’s office and discussed the relationship with her daughter and his son, is he still denying the truth? Wake up Vincentians ! Is this the type of leaders we want? Unbelievable,Ralph Gonsalves what you and your family sow will reap and what ever you reap shall eat! May the wrath of God fall upon you for this punishment you place upon this young lady.

  7. She is the victim of the system. That our society. Don’t blame her nor her parents. That’s what poverty breeds and politicians love that. That’s their base and that’s who thy appeal to. […]

  8. Wow! Lets assume she was in a relationship with Camillo as she stated, and he ended the relationship. What is the nature of the crime committed? Let’s assume that she is scorned and decided to act out the scorn. Does that give her a right to stalk, abuse or slander people according to the laws of this land?
    The problem with this country is accountability and the false idea that the wealthy OWES the less fortunate. Even if this has some truth in it, would be disappointing ( and beats logic) that a man of Camillo’s integrity, a Georgetown star student, an educated man, a born American, a world renown professional would risk all this? For?
    There is a reason why the people at the top associate only with the people at the top. If all this is true it would be sad to know she had a rough upbringing and ended being in this mess as a victim of her own choice. It is time this story go away, it has no traction and does more harm to the young lady than good. Clearly she has mental issues, and a second most prominent member of the Judiciary cannot be wrong to keep her safe. The people of SVG failed to remember under the previous regime she would have stayed poor and wouldn’t even had the chance to be a model unless her name was associated with wealth. My suggestion to the family is to seek immediate medical help before road gossip destroys this woman. She made some bad choices, it was her choice to show up at the DPP’s office- who was responsible for that? Camillo? Comrade?
    Where are the women’s group in SVG? She need medical intervention and to peddle the insulation that the doctor (s) give her anti-phychotic drugs to induce mental harm is irresponsible.
    Why the defense didn’t move to the high court for a review? The only harm is being down currently is to this woman. The learned magistrate (both) is indeed right to follow the law. Keep her safe until she gets the much needed LONG term help. She still has a beautiful future ahead!

  9. Kenton… The investigative report was great! Kudos to you! I am happy Kay Bacchus stepped up to assist in getting help on behalf of the Woman. Woman to Woman, I am very happy she is assisting in getting the much needed medical help. Kay Bacchus knows the law! However, Law and Medicine is vastly different. Kay is no legal expert in Medicine and cannot know for a fact the reaction of certain medication because she is no expert in that area. know there isn’t much medical law legislation within the laws of SVG- English law is very persuasive in this area. How does anyone know for surety medication has been administered to this lady and by whom? Proof without hearsay? Who has access to the medical records? Too much politics is destroying this young lady. The mother is not facing the fact that something is wrong with the mental health of this young lady and omega 3 can’t fix it.

  10. Ok maybe the girl and the guy had a relationship.who man or woman hasn’t cheated before?. The only difference is this girl has been hospitalized before.politition or not the outcome would have been the same

  11. I have a friend who had the was sent by a judge for an evaluation out orange hill and he is good now. Unlike Yugi he was never hospitalized before. Still leave the girl, her family, and other love ones to deal with this and keep politics out.

  12. Stay strong young lady god is with you no weapon firm against you shall prosper. This is an open eye to the nation.

  13. One does not have to be an expert in medicine to research and give their opinion based on their findings, for example last year I was given a drug but before I took it I researched all I needed to know about it the side effects and all. My take on the matter however is that based on all the variables presented someone seemingly committed adultery and the last time I checked adultery was not illegal in svg, I’m very sad to see that a young lady has been put to task and her life may forever be affected because of the systems we have in place( I.e the judiciary) I do hope and trust that justice be served and that the young lady gets all the help and supports she needs to get back to some kind of normalcy

  14. There will eventually be a double revolution in the Caribbean in the near future: It will will either Start in St. Vincent, and soon after on the same day all hell will break loose in Dominica; or the other way around.

    But the double R’s must go. Ralph & Roosevelt must go! 

    Both Dominica, and St. Vincent are the two poorest, and most backwards place in the Caribbean, though I class St. Vincent a bit ahead of Dominica, Ralph is a bit smarter than Roosevelt, who Ralph used as a puppet on a string at random!

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