I have been closely following a bizarre case in St. Vincent and The Grenadines where a young aspiring/former model was accused of calling a government minister’s wife the B word. ‘So what?’ I can hear you say. Well it turns out that on this small island, you don’t use the B word without dire consequences. Especially, not if the B is the wife of the Prime Minister’s son. Unless maybe…NEVERMIND, wait for the rest of the story.
The model, Yugge Farrel, who was a favorite a couple years ago on The Caribbean Next Top Model, was brought to court on the charges of calling the minister’s wife a B**ch and again, you go, ‘WHAT?!’ But you see, I can’t make this crap up. I am not sure what was the purpose of the case unless it was because…HOLD YOUR HORSES AND KEEP READING.
Yugge barely has two cents to rub together so she was represented pro bono. Yes, I know. If she had no money, what were they hoping to get out of her by having a court case? What a waste of taxpayers money! In court, her lawyer tried to get the case thrown out to avoid embarrassing everyone involved and giving bloggers like me fodder for writing. But alas, it was not to be. The prosecutor then, wait for it, I never saw this coming. The lawyer for the plaintiff asked that the accused be thrown in a mental institution for two weeks! People in the advanced world, I wish I was joshing you. The prosecutor requested the accused thrown in jail! That’s where the magistrate should have laughed and said, ‘Good one buddy, I hereby toss this case out and charge you for wasting my time and taxpayers’ time.” And this blog would not have been born. But he did not. The magistrate agreed with the lawyer that the totally sane but now confused looking woman should be sent to the mental home. Her lawyer put up feeble objections but they were not enough and off to the ‘red roof’ went Yugge, flashing hand signs as she left. Everyone was left scratching their heads, just like you are now. Questions were asked but not answered. How could someone be sent to a mental institution without proper assessment? How could someone be even arrested for calling someone a b**tch then thrown in the madhouse? (As it is called in St. Vincent). Living on the island, I was called worse by genuinely crazed people and even accosted. It was normal. An everyday occurrence. But you see, I am not the son of a Prime Minister.
Quoted from the media:
“Her lawyer made an application for bail and then, prosecutor, Police Constable Corlene Samuel, objected, and made an application for the accused woman to be sent for two weeks of psychiatric evaluation.
Pompey granted the prosecution’s request although the Crown presented to the court no arguments in support of its application and amidst strong protest by the defence counsel”.
(Note: In St. Vincent, it’s normal for a Police Constable to also moonlight as a prosecutor).
As soon as Yugge was safely locked away in her new home, she went to work. Oh man, did she ever! She posted videos on the internet alleging that she had an affair with the b**ch’s husband and some other high ranking ministers. She spilled her guts. She also accused them of wanting her out of the way. Wait, can an institutionalized person have access to post videos? Don’t answer that, it’s St. Vincent. If you could arrest someone for saying the B word and put them away as a crazy person without evaluation, then a cell in a cell is normal, I would say.
Yugge’s bombshell was a shocker. People started to piece things together and come to their own conclusions. The Prime Minister’s son was told by Daddy to maintain silence but his father went on the media and spoke on behalf on his son. I didn’t listen to it as I was busy piecing things together myself. At least time flies and 2 weeks will go by quickly so the poor girl would soon be released at the next hearing. That’s what I thought. That’s what everyone thought. We were wrong.
You don’t mess with a Prime Minister’s family and hope to walk free after spending a mere 2 weeks in the madhouse. Yugge was soon to learn that and so were we. At the trial, held on Monday, January 22nd, she was brought before the court to determine er…um…ok, I am sorry but I have no idea what the heck they were determining. The accused looked frail and a shell of her former self. (As a kid growing up on the island, it was said that once you go into the ‘crazy house’ you come out crazy. I had friends who went in and came out like ghosts). Her transformation was painful to watch. If the idea was to make her seem crazy, it worked.
Yugge after her first trial
Yugge 2 weeks later.
The magistrate who made the ruling to put institutionalize her was not presiding but a newly minted senior magistrate and a good friend of mine was sitting in his stead, hearing his first case as a senior magistrate. He was presented with the case and all necessary documents related to it, minus of course the video accusations as the case was not about who did who. The senior magistrate then ruled that Yugge be sent back to the institution while he familiarize himself with what was presented. He would reconvene in a week to give his ruling. Interestingly, it was also brought up at the hearing that the accused was still not seen by a psychiatrist as there was none on the island. Huh? Maybe the constable doubling as a prosecutor doubled as a psychiatrist?
When the magistrate ruled that she be returned to the mental institution, Yugge yelled incredulously, ‘What?!’ I yelled too, ‘What?!’ As she was led away for the second time to spend a third week in the psych ward, the crowd wailed in disbelief. Many wished evil on the ones alleged to be at the helm of this supposed taking down of the young woman. Her sister in the crowd spoke to a media person and said she could confirm that Yugge indeed had relations with the PM’s son and dared them to commit her for being crazy like her sister. Sounds like a Marilyn Munroe story eh? This whole thing has more holes than a swiss cheese and more twists than the roads in St. Vincent.
So while we wait for the next turn of events, we can only pray that Yugge would come out of this with her sanity intact. Seems unlikely. Stay tuned as the saga continues.
In the meantime, you could follow it all here.
Again, this is JUST MY TAKE!