Thursday, February 22, 2018

Machel, Kernal to face sentencing this morning

TWO months after he was found guilty of five criminal charges, soca artiste Machel Montano is expected to be sentenced today.

He and songwriter/producer Kernal Roberts are expected to both know their fate when they appear before Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor in the Port of Spain Court this morning.

On December 10 last year, Montano was found guilty by the magistrate of assaulting Brandis Browne, Russell Pollonais, Janelle Lee Chee and Gerard Bowrin, and using obscene language outside the Zen nightclub on the morning of April 26, 2007.

Roberts was found guilty of assaulting Pollonais and Browne. Joel "Zan" Feveck and Rodney "Benjai" LeBlanc had also been charged alongside Montano and Roberts, but they were both found not guilty of charges.

During the trial, which lasted more than five years, Montano, the reigning Power and Groovy Soca Monarch, had given ten days of evidence.

During his testimony, Montano had denied the charges brought against him, stating, instead, he was the one who was attacked by the group and spat at.

The State was represented by attorney George Busby while Dana Seetahal SC and Keith Scotland represented Montano and Roberts, respectively.

The matter is scheduled to be called at 10 a.m.