CONTROVERSIAL dancehall deejay Skeng pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.
He was facing charges in relation to an alleged incident which occurred at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston last month.
The 21-year-old deejay is being represented by high-profile attorney Christopher Townsend.
“We pleaded not guilty because we’re charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Resisting arrest is only applicable if the offence created is arrestable, or if he was in fact being arrested,” Townsend told the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday.
According to police reports, Skeng (given name was Kevaun Douglas) was involved in a confrontation with officials at the NMIA at about 1:50 pm in May. During the incident, he was allegedly pepper sprayed by the police.
The entertainer was granted bail in his own surety and is set to return to court on September 8.
Townsend added that their defence will be largely based on camera footage from the alleged incident as his client’s version of the story totally contradicts the police report.
“What we asked for was to see footage from area that demonstrates that this thing took place. We have conflicting information with what the police said occurred. We were told it will be supplied, and we hope it won’t take four years like the Elephant Man incident,” he said.
Skeng was recently listed as persona non grata in Guyana according to the country’s public security minister, Robeson Benn.
Benn’s pronouncements stems from a recent shooting incident at concert headlined by Skeng and held at the National Park, Georgetown.
According to reports, the deejay was approximately 15 minutes into his set when an unidentified patron discharged his firearm in a gun salute as he performed Protocol. Members of the crowd began scrambling for cover.
In addition to Protocol, Skeng’s other songs include Heaven Passport (with Intence), Gunman Shift, London, and Street Cred.