Wellington vs James trial set for next April 12

Senior staff reporter

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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Last Friday attorneys representing the embattled Vere Technical High School physical education teacher Sashauna Wellington and complainant Ann-Marie James, mother of the 13-year-old athlete, expressed confidence of a successful outcome.

The trial has been set for April 12, 2019 after the case was mentioned at the Lionel Town court and documents and statements presented.

Wellington, who is alleged to have beaten 13-year-old student athlete Moesha James with a “PVC pipe” on November 1, was then arrested and charged with occasioning actual bodily harm, and was released on bail on November 13.

She was suspended by the school on Wednesday, November 21 until further notice, and appeared in the Lionel Town court last Friday where she denied the allegations through her attorney-at-law Dr Keste Miller.

“I was served with the relevant documents and I will have to peruse them now and match it up with my instructions,” Dr Miller told the Jamaica Observer last Friday.

“The long and short of it, my client maintained her innocence that she did not do what they said she did,” he added.

Dr Miller also had his doubts about the pictures that appeared in the newspaper showing signs of bruises on young Moesha's arms and legs.

“I think we have a good case. There is some undercurrent but we maintained that we didn't do it,” insisted Dr Miller.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Michael Howell, who appeared for the complainant, said he was confident as his client has a strong case.

“Today was set for mention and for statements to produce, and an additional statement was produced to the court and was served on the defendant's counsel,” said Howell.

“The defendant of course is still denying and maintained that the incident didn't take place. The matter is now set for trial for April 12, 2019 and the facts will speak for themselves,” said Howell.

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