St. Vincent secondary school teacher to return to court
Asecondary school teacher will re-appear in court on April 17 to answer two “obscene writing” charges arising from statements she made on Facebook.
Jozette Bibby-Bowens, who has been suspended from classes, appeared in court on Tuesday but the prosecution was successful in getting the matter adjourned for a month. However, the court has ordered that disclosure in the matter be made on March 31.
Nicole Sylvester, one of the attorneys for Bibby-Bowens, said that her client had been charged without any evidence being produced. “They have absolutely no evidence; charged her without evidence,” she said after the brief court hearing on Tuesday.
The Public Service Commission instructed that the teacher be suspended with immediate effect “in view of the criminal proceedings which have been instituted against you”.
Bibby-Bowens, who teaches information technology, electronic document preparation and management and accounting, pleaded not guilty to two charges of obscene publication when she first appeared before a magistrate in Kingstown earlier this month.