About a month after secondary school teacher Adriana King was slapped with four charges, in relation to violating the Public Order Act, she is accused of obstructing Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
King, a teacher at the St. Vincent Grammar School, re-appeared at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Friday, September 10 after being re-arrested the previous day. She is now charged with, that on August 5, 2021 in Kingstown, being a stranger, did obstruct Mr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister and member of the House of Assembly, from going to the House of Assembly contrary to Section 25(a) of the House of Assembly Privileges, Powers, and Immunity Act.
The 41-year-old Belmont resident first appeared at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on August 6, charged on two counts of being concerned in organizing a public procession/meeting, and two counts of knowingly taking part in that event, without notifying the Commissioner of Police at least 24 hours before, in contravention of Section 5(1) of the Public Order Act, Chapter 396 of the Revised Edition of the Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2009.
Those charges stemmed from protest actions in the vicinity of the House of Assembly on July 29 and August 5, 2021, while the charge of obstructing the Prime Minister stemmed from the protest action on August 5, 2021.
King is currently on suspension with half pay pending the outcome of the Public Order matter, which has been adjourned to November 19. She is on station bail in relation to both matters, and is represented by attorneys Kay Bacchus-Baptiste and Israel Bruce.