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O’Connor gives Tuco 12 hours to explain exclusion

Friday, February 9, 2018

Attorney Keith Beckles has given the Trinbago Unified Calypsonian Organisation (Tuco) 12 hours to come with a plausible reason why his client, calypsonian Duane O’Connor, was not selected as a finalist in Sunday’s Calypso Monarch competition.

If Tuco fails to come up with a valid explanation, Beckles will be heading to court today.

On Wednesday, Beckles sent a pre-action protocol letter to Tuco’s president Lutalo Masimba questioning why the points on his score sheets were changed following his performance at Calypso Fiesta last Saturday.

Beckles claimed his client’s score had been changed by a judge from 28 to 25 and if the reduction had not taken place O’Connor would have been in the final of the coveted competition.

Attorney Marlon Moore, acting on behalf of Tuco, responded yesterday to Beckles, outlining their case.

Moore said the Adjudicating Review Committee interviewed the judge in question who gave evidence to the committee that there was never any change of the score, but merely a clarification of the figures as written. He also stated that the judge confirmed it was a 25 and not 28 and that he tried to write 5 over a previous 5 which compounded the issue.

Beckles, in response to Moore, maintained that this was not reflected in the committee’s minutes and the issue lacked accountability and transparency.

O’Connor said some people had been telling him not to fight the matter.

“I know what I am facing. It’s totally frustration on my part as an artiste. We need to put a stop to judges making continuous errors like this.”

Masimba said if O’ Connor was not satisfied with the ruling of the committee the matter could be taken to the general council who will call an emergency meeting.


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