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Victim: Jail Montano

Triple crown soca artiste Machel Montano, left, and producer Kernal Roberts leave the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court yesterday after they were found guilty of assault charges brought against them in 2007 following an incident outside the Zen nightclub in Port of Spain.

PORT OF SPAIN — Machel Montano deserves some jail time for the beating he put on his victims outside the Zen nightclub in Port of Spain that night more than five years ago.

That’s the view of one of the victims who said that while Montano and the others have moved on with life and to super-stardom, the people he assaulted, and their families, remained with psychological scars.

And the families of the people who Montano kicked, cuffed and cursed said they remain deeply troubled that Montano has never showed remorse, and never apologised for his wrongdoing.

And now that the criminal case is over, the soca singers can expect to be named as defendants in the civil suits that the families intend pursuing.

Montano, Kernal Roberts, Joel Feveck and Rodney LeBlanc were found guilty yesterday by Port of Spain Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor of assaulting Russell Pollonais, occasioning him actual bodily harm.

All but LeBlanc were also convicted of assaulting Brandis Browne occasioning him actual bodily harm.

Montano was convicted separately with assaulting Gerard Bowrin and Janelle Lee Chee, and with using obscene language to the annoyance of persons.

Browne, a process plant operator of Princes Town, said yesterday that Montano should face prison time for his actions.

“But the reality is, this could never happen. If I could face him, I would tell him he should show some remorse instead of denying it.”

Browne, who declined to be photographed, said the attack on the night of April 26, 2007 has followed him like a shadow.

“Every time you walk into a social event, it’s like people saying you were the person who got beat up by Machel.”

Browne said that in the months following the incident, then human rights attorney Anand Ramlogan represented them. (Express)

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