Court Drops Charge Against Former Model Accused of Insulting Vincentian Finance Minister’s Wife

Yugge Farrell left court without the burden of the almost one-year-old charge. (Photo credit: iWitness News)

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Tuesday December 18, 2018 – A former model who had been accused of using insulting language to the wife of Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves, walked out of court yesterday without that charge hanging over her head.

Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett dismissed the case against 23-year-old Yugge Farrell for want of prosecution.

Farrell was charged in January this year with committing the offence against Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, calling her “a dirty b****”. She was initially remanded to the Mental Health Centre for observation for one month, before being released on bail until yesterday.

When she appeared in the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, dressed in all black, the court was told that the prosecution was withdrawing the charge against her. But her lawyer, Grant Connell noted that there had been no disclosure in the matter and expressed concern that the prosecution was leaving the door open to prosecuting his client again.

Farrell had claimed to have had an affair with Gonsalves, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves’ son, for about a year. But the Finance Minister has not spoken publicly on the alleged extramarital affair.

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