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SOCA STAR Machel Montano was this morning found guilty of five criminal
Montano, the reigning Power Soca Monarch and Road March
king, along with Kernel Roberts, the son of legendary Calypso icon Lord
Kitchener, Joel "Zan" Feveck, a member of Montano HD Family, and Rodney "Benjai"
LeBlanc, best known for his patriotic song, Trini, were all charged with a
series of criminal offences arising out a fracas outside the Zen nightclub, in
Port of Spain in April 2007.
After postponing her decision on two
consecutive occasions, Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor, presiding in the Port
of Spain Magistrates Court, delivered her decision to a packed courtroom this
Montano was found guilty on four charges of assault against Gerard Borwin, Brandis Browne, Janelle Lee Chee
and Russell Pollonais.
Montano was also found guilty of using obscene
language during the same incident.
Roberts, the composer of several of
Montano's hits, was also found guilty on two charges of assault while Benjai,
who was charged with two offences of assault and Feveck, who was charged with a
single offence of assault, were found not guilty.
Baboolal-Gafoor adjourned the matter to January 12, 2013, after hearing pleas of
leniency from the
attorneys representing the two men.
She ordered that they remain free on
bail pending her decision.