UPDATE: Yugge Farrell 'relieved' to be granted bail
Vincentian model, Yugge Farrell (left) and lead attorney on her case, Andrew Pilgrim (right).
[UPDATE: 4:30 pm]
Concern about the well being of Vincentian, Yugge Farrell is the basis for which Barbadian lawyer, Andrew Pilgrim Q.C. took over as lead counsel in the court proceeding on her behalf.
Pilgrim, while preparing to board a flight out of St. Vincent this evening, told Loop News:
"Like others in the region I was concerned. [I] reached out to Counsel who said he would welcome me."
Pilgrim also said his client is relieved with today's court proceedings which saw her granted bail in the amount of EC $1,000. She had spent the last three weeks at the Mental Health Center (MHC) under psychiatric evaluation.
According to IWitness News SVG, a new psychiatric evaluation on Farrell was presented to the court by Director of Public Prosecution, Colin Williams. The initial report presented at last Monday's hearing said that Farrell was not fit to enter a plea to the charge - a claim her former attorney, Grant Connell objected to heavily, noting the MHC does not have a staff psychiatrist.
Barbadian lawyer takes over controversial criminal case
[Original post: Monday, January 29, 2018 2:13 pm]
A controversial criminal case brought against a 22-year-old Vincentian woman, is now being headed by Barbadian attorney at law, Andrew Pilgrim.
Yugge Farrell, the young model at the center of the case, went before a Kingstown Magistrate in St Vincent and the Grenadines, on January 5, 2018, charged with using abusing language to Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, wife of politician and Finance Minister, Camillo Gonsalves, where it is alleged she used the term "you dirty b***h" on January 4.
Farrell had pleaded not guilty to the charge, after which she was sent for a two-week psychiatric evaluation at the island's Mental Health Center (MHC) based on an application by the prosecution. When she returned to court last Monday she was rehospitalized for one week so as to allow the Magistrate time to consider the medical report submitted by MHC's doctor, which claimed Farrell was "unfit to stand trial". It was reported Farrell received three sets of antipsychotic drugs during her two-week stay at the health facility and on her return to court, was exhibiting strange behaviour such as flailing her arms and screaming out during the court proceeding.
During that time many eyes and ears across the region have been following the developments of the case which included claims made by Farrell on her Instagram account, that she and Camillo had been involved in an intimate relationship which ended in 2016. His father and Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves, instructed his son to maintain a "dignified silence" when the news of the alleged affair broke.
It was reported in the Vincentian media that Farrell's family had retained attorney, Kay Bacchus-Baptiste, to see after the mental health and human rights of the young lady. Bacchus-Baptiste has been very outspoken on the matter, calling for justice to prevail.
Loop News understands Pilgrim, a criminal lawyer who is known for taking on high profile cases, was contacted by Grant Connell, who has been representing her pro bono, to take over as lead counsel.
Farrell returned to court this morning where she was granted bail in the amount of EC $1,000 and is set to return to court on December 17, 2018.