Lady arrested for wounding SVG PM Golsalves is now released

The woman who was earlier arrested for throwing an object at the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines - Ralph Gonsalves, is now pleaded not guilty for the offence.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: The woman who was earlier arrested for throwing an object at the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines – Ralph Gonsalves, is now pleaded not guilty for the offence.

Annamay Lewis – a 56-year-old vendor of Layou, appeared in the court charged with wounding St Vincent Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves.

Armed police officers, including some using hard helmets and carrying truncheons, were stationed outside the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Monday as Lewis arrived outside the court.

The Superintendent of Police – Hesran Ballantyne while talking to a local media house that the police presence outside the court was to make sure law and order during the court proceedings.

The accused woman is seen in a red top and blue jeans in the picture.

The daughter of Lewis – Stacia Simmons-Lewis, who was sitting outside the court building, seeing the arrival of her mother, began shouting, “My mother is innocent! My mother is innocent!.”

The daughter, while crying, stated, “I am here with a damaged spine, and I have to up and down with my Mother. My mother is innocent!. My mother would not be made a scapegoat! My mother would not be made a scapegoat!” she screamed repeatedly.”

The magistrate has set a bail at EC$3,000 and adjourned the matter till September 15, 2021. The defence lawyer has stated that she would like disclosure made as soon as possible. She added, “My client has suffered a lot and that she would like the trial to take place as soon as possible.”

“I do not want her to languish. I do not want her to suffer. This lady is innocent. This lady was forced to give a statement that is not true. I do not want this matter to linger. We are going to try & get a trial as soon as we get disclosure,” she further added.