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Soca ambassador, Machel Montano has been ordered to pay a total of $27,200 in fines and compensation in the assault case which saw victim, Russel Pollanais hospitalized for some time. The entertainer was found guilty on five charges- four of which were for assaulting Zen nightclub patrons Gerard Bowrin, Brandis Browne, Janelle Lee Chee, and Russell Pollonais in April, 2007. The fifth charge was for Montano’s use of obscene language. Today’s sentencing followed a previous sentencing adjournment on January 17.
Sentencing was also passed on fellow accused Kernel Roberts- the son of the late Lord Aldwyn ‘Kitchener’ Roberts. He was ordered to pay a total of $24,000 in fines and compensation.
Sentencing was scheduled for 9am this morning, however due to heavy traffic coming into Port-of-Spain, the magistrate announced a delayed sentencing at 1 o’clock this afternoon. Montano is the current title holder of the International Groovy soca monarch. He also shares the title of Power Soca Monarch with veteran soca artiste, Austin ‘Superblue’ Lyons. This morning, Caribbean Prestige Foundation founder, William Munro was seen outside the courthouse in Port-of-Spain lending support to the accused entertainer.
We’ll be bringing you further coverage of this matter in subsequent features so keep it locked