Montano apologises to victims

Soca star Machel Montano.
Soca star Machel Montano.

PORT OF SPAIN — Soca star Machel Montano has apologised to the assault victims involved in the fracas outside a nightclub in Port of Spain in April 2007.

Finally freed from the burden of competition, Montano was last weekend able to take his mind away from the stage and Carnival 2013.

The double Soca Monarch winner was found guilty on four charges of assault against Gerard Bowrin, Brandis Browne, Janelle Lee Chee and Russell Pollonais on December 10 last year.

He was also found guilty of using obscene language during the incident which took place outside the Zen nightclub, Keate Street.

Montano, along with songwriter Kernal Roberts, the son of calypso icon Lord Kitchener; Joel Zan Feveck, a member of Montano HD Family; and Rodney Benjai LeBlanc were all charged with a series of criminal offences arising out of a fracas outside the nightclub.

Roberts was also found guilty on two charges of assault while Benjai and Feveck were found not guilty.

Montano will be sentenced on the five charges on February 25.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Express, Montano took time to reflect on the last year and issued an apology to the victims of the incident at the Zen.

Demanding year

“Now that it has all come to an end,” he said, “I take the time to reflect and I admit it has been an emotionally demanding year for me, to say the least. I travelled to different continents to record, completed two albums, toured the world and dealt with the unfortunate five-year court case before me. I am grateful to my family, friends, fans and well-wishers for all the support I have received.

“I’d like to express my regret and apologise to the victims and their families for the series of events that have affected their lives over the past few years. The actions on that day five years ago have produced unintended consequences and for that I am deeply sorry. My hope is that we learn from this unfortunate incident and become pillars in our communities to ensure these calamities never happen again.”

Montano expressed humility and wonder in his ability to “still be relevant” in the industry and praised the works of the younger generation of artistes. (Express)

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