Tuesday, February 26, 2013

No jail for Machel; Soca star ordered to pay $27,000

Montano heading to court (Express photo)
Machel Montano is not going to jail. 

A Magistrate ordered the soca star to pay $27,000 in fines and compensation for beating four persons and using obscene language.

His entertainment colleague, Kernal Roberts, was also ordered to pay a fine and compensation for assaulting two persons.

The ruling was delivered by Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor in the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court. 
 She said she had taken into account Montano's good character, and that he had made a valuable contribution to the country.

However, she stated that he committed a serious and the court had to send a message that such behaviour would not be tolerated. 
Montano has one week to pay his fine or face two years in prison.

On December 10 last year the magistrate found Montano guilty of assaulting four people outside the Zen nightclub in Port of Spain and of using obscene language. It happened April 26, 2007. She found Roberts guilty of assaulting two of the victims.

During the trial Montano denied the charges, stating that he was the victim of an attack.

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