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State appeals Machel sentence

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

State appeals Machel sentence

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  – The State has appealed the sentence handed down to Trinidad and Tobago’s international Soca Star, Machel Montano, who was fined a total of TT$27,000 (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) after he had been found guilty last year of five criminal offences.
Last month, Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor also imposed fines totalling TT$24 000 on songwriter and producer Kernel Roberts, the son of deceased calypso legend Aldwyn “Kitchener” Roberts.
Montano had been found guilty of assaulting Russel Pollonais, Brandis Brown, Janelle Lee Chee and Gerard Bowrin, and using obscene language outside the Zen nightclub in Port of Spain April 26, 2007.
Montano, 36 was fined TT$13, 700 dollars and also ordered to pay , 500 in compensation to the victims of the brawl.
Roberts, 31, was charged with two counts of assault resulting from the same incident. He was fined TT$13,000 and ordered to pay compensation of TT$11,000 to Brown and Pollonais.
The appeal by the State was filed on grounds of the refusal of the presiding magistrate to impose more severe sentences against Montano and Roberts.
Roberts told a local newspaper today that both he and Montano are weighing their legal options with a possible appeal against the conviction.
“I have a conviction on my name. We are weighing our options so we can work on cleaning our record because I maintain my innocence and so does Machel,” Roberts said.
Roberts said he never touched anyone during the fracas but is sorry for what happened that night.
“I say sorry to Russell Pollonais and Brandis Browne. I apologise to them on behalf of the team for what happened. I am not glad that they were knocked out and ended up in hospital. It is nothing to celebrate and I am sorry that happened to them,” Roberts told the newspaper.