St. Vin­cent sec­ondary school teacher to re­turn to court

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

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.

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