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MACHEL MONTANO gets £3k fine, spared prison

Soca musician MACHEL MONTANO has been ordered to pay fines and compensation totalling TT$27,200 (£2,780) for “assault occasioning actual bodily harm” and using obscene language.

MONTANO has, however, managed to avoid any more time behind bars.

Late last year MONTANO was found guilty of assaulting Brandis Browne, Russell Pollonais, Janelle Lee Chee and Gerard Bowrin, as well as using obscene language outside the Zen nightclub in April 2007.

Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor delivered the ruling in the Port of Spain magistrates' court.

As reported in the Trinidad Express, Baboolal-Gafoor said the offences were very serious and the court had to send a message that such behaviour would not be tolerated.

Entertainer KERNAL ROBERTS was also ordered to pay a fine and compensation for assaulting two of the people in the fracas.

JOEL "ZAN" FEVECK and RODNEY "BENJAI" LEBLANC had also been charged along with MONTANO and ROBERTS, but were both found not guilty.