ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Shaneke Williams should be given the benefit of the doubt

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Dear editor,

As a servant of the true and living God the question must be asked he without sin cast the first stone?

It was highlighted by the media that a young lady Miss Shaneke Williams put in an application to be a contestant in Miss Jamaica World but due to accusations of rape she will not be allowed to contend.

This case was not brought to trial and a verdict of innocent or guilty was not handed down in a court of law. It must be understood by every well thinking Jamaican that a defendant is considered to be innocent until proven or found guilty.

This was not done so why has this young lady been chastised and excluded from the competition based on a case that was not brought before a judge in a court of law and a verdict given.

The organisers of the Miss Jamaica World competition have seen it fit to exclude Miss Williams from the competition because of competition rules, this is absurd.

Hear say and propaganda is not relevant in a court of law. She was not found guilty of these allegations it could be a situation of baseless slander, allow the law to decide her innocence or guilt.

All the village lawyers have prosecuted this girl based on pure hear say. This is wrong!

It would have been understandable if due process was done in the courts and she was found guilty of the charges and punished.

As for all the persons calling for her to be excluded from the competition, shame on you because slander and hear say is not facts. This young woman should have been given the benefit of the doubt and allowed to compete.

Why has the court of public opinion been allowed to disqualify and prosecute this girl without facts.

As a nation we must also practice this zero tolerance with our leaders and political representatives. The country would not be filled with so much corruption and crime. It is amazing how we have morals and values on selective issues and persons.

It is imperative to note that we currently have members of Parliament who have been accused of similar crimes along with murder and they are still allowed to represent there constituency. This double standard has got to stop. Fact is what is important, not public opinion.

Rev Tanasha Buchanan




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