Dancehall artiste Kevan Douglas who is more popularly known as Skeng appeared in court on Thursday after he initially did not appear and was issued a bench warrant. The protocol deejay reportedly arrived at the court house about 2 pm after he was summoned.
Skeng along with Shaquille Kelly and Cara Wilson was charged in 2022 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston.
The proceeding went underway minutes after 2pm and attorney-at-law Christopher Townsend who represented Skeng argued that there was no “proper disclosure” and that the other side was abusing the process.
Earlier, the Crown viewed the footage presented in court, the evidence was deemed lacking and the recording of the entire incident was asked to be brought to the next court hearing. Christopher Townsend, Skeng’s attorney, mentioned that the judge surmised that the video was edited, and called for an unedited “raw footage”.
The judge who was presiding over the matter, Justice Leighton Morris concur with Christopher Townsend’s arguments and dismissed the matter.
As a result, Skeng walked free of the charges.
According to reports made by the police, at around 1:50 PM on May 24 at the Norman Manley International Airport, Skeng and airport security were in an argument that escalated to the point of the deejay being pepper sprayed. Skeng was due to leave the island by May 25 to arrive on time for an event, the Revival Return of Dancehall, in Trinidad, he was slated to perform as the show’s headliner on May 28, 2022.
He continued, “what we wanted was the raw footage, but what we got was an edited footage. And the part where he was pepper sprayed, we didn’t see that to make a determination as to whether the pepper spray was warranted.” Townsend himself voiced that the use of pepper spray was unwarranted.