The charge against Annamay Lewis, 56, that she allegedly wounded Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves during a protest on August 5, was withdrawn in the Kingstown Magistrate court this morning.
The development came just 24 hours after her lawyers Kay Bacchus-Baptiste and Israel Bruce in a news conference, predicted that the charge would be withdrawn, noting they had only received disclosure in relation to the throwing of missiles charge.
The Layou vendor on leaving the court sang praises, “Thank you Jesus, Thank you God, Hallelujah” as she was hugged by her lawyers.
In an interview with members of the media in St Vincent and the Grenadines, she said: “I know I did not do it.”
Lewis also kept repeating:” Weeping may endure for a night but is joy this morning. Thank you Jesus.”
She returns to court on January 4, 2022 for her other matter in relation to the throwing of missiles.
Attorney Kay Bacchus-Baptiste in an interview with the media said she knew her client never threw any stone and her client has been vindicated. The lawyer said she was not surprised it was withdrawn because they (prosecution) had no evidence against her client on the charge.
Lawyer Kay Bacchus-Baptiste
“We stood up for justice and justice prevailed.”
On August 9, Lewis had pleaded not guilty to wounding Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves during a protest in Kingstown on August 5. Gonsalves was hit in his head with an object that injured him.