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    Thumbs down Machel Grilled in Court *smh*

    Montano Grilled on Witness Stand
    By Anna-Lisa Paul Tuesday, March 22 2011
    Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : newsday.co.tt :




    Soca star Machel Montano returned to court yesterday as he continued his evidence denying that as an entertainer, he sought to breach established and accepted boundaries.

    During cross-examination by State prosecutor George Busby, in the Port-of-Spain Seventh Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor, Montano insisted that he did “not agree with breaking boundaries, but striving for excellence.”

    As the trial resumed at 10.30 am, Busby’s questions sought to establish a pattern to support the statement that Montano had always been an exception to the rule, having entered the soca arena at a tender age and competed in Dimanche Gras Finals at the age of nine — and that normally accepted boundaries, did not apply to him.

    Following an objection from his attorney Dana Seetahal, SC that Busby’s line of questioning was unfair, and he was not allowing Montano to adequately respond without interrupting, Montano said, “How I operate within my career, I take myself to new levels based on my previous levels. I hardly focus on what the competition, or other people’s boundaries are, because I don’t know what their boundaries are.”

    Pressed to answer if he was not confined “by boundaries set by other people” and that he was accustomed to setting his own boundaries — Montano reiterated, “That is incorrect. I don’t set boundaries sir. I said I take it to new levels.”

    Supported by Seetahal’s objection that the question was vague and allowed for a wide range of answers which “could be taken out of context” when he was again pushed to answer by Busby that “Machel Montano has no boundaries,” Montano again said, “I don’t agree.”

    Appearing relaxed in the witness box, Montano admitted the last time he actively participated in competition was in 1996, but denied he had taken a sabbatical from competing in Carnival events in 2010.

    Revealing that he had been “working elsewhere,” Montano again replied in the negative as Busby questioned that he (Montano) had been out to show people “who is the boss” this year, after not participating in any of last year’s Carnival related events.

    Copping to the fact that he is considered a local celebrity, Montano claimed that he had developed a patience and tolerance, over time for dealing with fans.

    As Busby returned to the night of the alleged fracas at the Zen Nightclub, he questioned Montano about his security detail which the entertainer said usually consisted of “sometimes of two or four” former service personnel, which included soldiers and police officers.

    After being asked to read a statement he had previously given to the police in which he claimed that he did not have a security detail present on April 26, 2007 because he “wanted to relax and mingle privately,” Montano told the court that he was not the only one who determined if he went out escorted by security.

    However, he admitted that he played “an integral part” in that decision-making process, as he added that a security detail was assigned to him mainly when he was performing.

    As the trial came to a close at 2.30 pm, the matter was adjourned to today when it will resume at 10.15 am.

    Montano is jointly charged with soca artiste Joel “Zan” Fezeck, songwriter and producer Kernel Roberts (son of deceased calypso legend Aldwyn “Kitchener” Roberts) and 2011 Young Kings Rodney “Benjai” Le Blanc of assaulting Russell Pollonais and Brandis Brown.

    Montano, 36, also faces additional charges of assaulting Janelle Lee Chee and Gerard Bowrin, and for using obscene language.

    The charges stem from a fracas outside the nightclub at Keate Street in Port-of-Spain on April 26, 2007.
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    d man juss come back from London and dey harassing him like he kill somebody or selling drugs......jeez.......dis no way tuh treat we national treasure
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    when he assulted dem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picong View Post
    d man juss come back from London and dey harassing him like he kill somebody or selling drugs......jeez.......dis no way tuh treat we national treasure
    Wha fockin national treasure?! Fock away wit dat shit talk eh. Dat focka feel he above de law. He go fock wit de wrong one, one ah deze dayz doh jus you wait an see!

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    not his fault......... but how he go to court right after carnival, go to engalnd with de pm, come back and go back to court, leave to come up here to perform at the the theatre, then go back to court....... how is that even remotely possible?

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