Latoya Nugent of the Tambourine Army has been relieved of the charges against her, as I wrote about for the Guardian here.
She pled not guilty to the three charges and the Deputy Public Prosecutor dismissed the charges due to a lack of evidence. Here is Latoya’s social media post on the matter:
I was officially charged in court today for 3 counts of using a computer for malicious communication. Yes. TODAY😂😂😂
The 3 counts:
Against Paul Thompson
Against Canute Thompson
Against Livingstone Thompson
I was asked to enter a plea on each count. I pleaded not guilty on all 3 counts.
Yanique Brown Gardner from the DPP then made a no evidence submission to the judge and asked for a discontinance.
As a #RetiredLesbian this feels like a gift on this International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
DPP Paula Llewelyn was also in court and outlined a bag a tings about why they were discontinuing. I suspect she wasn’t pleased, but I could be wrong.
[side note] My favourite part of the DPP’s long speech was when she referenced my ‘expletives-laden’ email to Canute’s lawyer. She noted that while my response may have been disrespectful to say the judge’s mother or her own mother, it was not obscene.😂😂😂
In all the comments in court today from the DPP, the judge, and Canute’s lawyer, I was reminded of how unkind Jamaica is to women and girls, and that as a people we first disbelieve victims and survivors of sexual violence. I was reminded of why the #TambourineArmy is so radical because we believe and stand with survivors.
I will not be silenced.
You will not be silenced.
We will not be silenced.
Here’s to the #UnsilencingOfWomen