According to various news outlets, Vincentian model Yugge Farrell was in court this morning where she was granted bail in the amount of EC $1,000 and is set to return to court on December 17, 2018.
As Loop Barbados reports, on January 5, 2018, in the Kingstown Magistrate of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the 22-year-old woman was charged with using abusive language towards Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, wife of politician and Finance Minister, Camillo Gonsalves.
According to St. Lucia News, Farrell had pleaded not guilty to the abusive language charge, after which Magistrate Bertie Pompey committed the young woman to a two-week psychiatric evaluation at the island’s Mental Health Center (MHC) based on an application by the prosecution. Her original lawyer Grant Connell asked the bench whether there was a reason for the decision. He stated, “There is no medical report before you. She (prosecutor) didn’t give an example of what she (accused) did. Did she attack somebody? The prosecution has not laid any basis on which to make that judgment, save and except that she called somebody a ‘b***h’, and the name is there.”
When Farrell returned to court, she was hospitalized for an additional week to allow the Magistrate time to consider the medical report submitted by MHC’s doctor, which claimed that Farrell was “unfit to stand trial.” St. Lucia News reported that Farrell received three sets of antipsychotic drugs during her two-week stay at the health facility and on her return to court, was exhibiting “strange behavior such as flailing her arms and screaming out during the court proceeding.”
According to Loop Barbados, during that time many across the region were following the developments of the case, which included claims made by Farrell that she and Camillo had been involved in a relationship that ended in 2016. His father, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, instructed his son to maintain a “dignified silence” when the news of the affair broke.
Concerned about Farrell’s well-being, Barbadian lawyer Andrew Pilgrim Q.C. took over as lead counsel in the court proceeding on her behalf. Pilgrim said his client is relieved with today’s court proceedings, which saw her granted bail in the amount of EC $1,000. She had spent the last three weeks at the Mental Health Center (MHC) under psychiatric evaluation.
For full articles, see http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/barbadian-lawyer-takes-over-yugge-farrell-case and https://www.stlucianewsonline.com/model-charged-with-calling-ministers-wife-dirty-bitch/