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January 5, 2018
Fashion model charged with using abusive language to government minister’s wife

A fashion model who has been charged with using abusive language to the wife of a Government minister has been sent to the Mental Health and Rehabilitation Centre for evaluation.

Yugge Farrell appeared before the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court Friday, charged that on Thursday, January 4 at Granby Street, Kingstown, she did cause a breach of peace by using abusive language to Karen Duncan- Gonsalves of Prospect, which was “You dirty b**ch.”

Duncan-Gonsalves, a lawyer attached to the Attorney General’s chambers, is the wife of Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves.

Farrell pleaded not guilty to the charge and will return to the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on January 22, following evaluation.

In August, 2017, police told SEARCHLIGHT that Farrell was a person of interest in an investigation being carried out by them into the use of an Instagram account.

Posts made from the account contained defamatory comments about several government officials, public figures and members of the public.

Among those mentioned in the posts are Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and his adult children Camillo and Isis. A former police commissioner, a member of staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, a female teacher at the St Vincent Grammar School, as well as prominent lawyers are also mentioned in a derogatory manner.

Farrell is a local runway and photographic model who shot to fame in 2015 when she made it as one of the five finalists in the regional reality show, Caribbean’s Next Top Model. In 2016, Farrell set social media abuzz when US-based Vincentian photographer Kareem Quow published photographs of her – some of which were artistic semi-nudes. Reports are that Farrell was in training for the 2017 Miss SVG pageant but dropped out for personal reasons.