Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Newspaper publishes wrong photo, family threatens legal action

Kellon Parris, charged with sacrilege of catholic church in San Fernando, appeared in court on May 4.

Kellon Parris, charged with sacrilege of catholic church in San Fernando, appeared in court on May 4.

A 27-year-old Couva man says his family is considering legal action against a daily newspaper that wrongly used his brother’s picture for a story about a crime he did not commit.

Shurdell Parris took to Facebook to express his frustration on Thursday after he saw the article titled “‘Mammy help me!’ as cop beater heads to prison”. The report spoke about Jamal Loney, a man convicted of assaulting two police officers, heading to prison for 510 days. However, it was accompanied by a picture of his brother, 21-year-old Kellon Parris.

Loop TT reached out to the elder Parris who admitted that his sibling is currently engaged in his own legal battle with the state but not for this crime.

“I saw his picture so when I check through the story now to see if they sentence him today (Thursday)… I seeing is somebody else who beat up some police or some kinda thing. And when I check it out now, it’s front page of the newspaper so tomorrow (Friday) that paper coming out”.

The younger Parris was among four men who appeared before a San Fernando Magistrate on May 4, charged with sacrilege against the San Fernando Church of the Nazarene, which occurred on May 1.

He was granted $20,000 cash bail and was remanded into custody at the Golden Grove Prison until his hearing on June 16.

Parris said his family is currently attempting to amass funds to pay his brother’s bail and are not happy about the increased attention the 21-year-old man will receive.

Loop TT reached out to an Express reporter who contacted the editor of the newspaper.

The story was then pulled.

Parris was informed of this but he said it was not enough.

“At least them supposed to apologise to my family for having my brother’s pic [picture] all over Facebook. I still going and engage my family and engage my father about taking some form of actions about that because I find it is disrespectful to put somebody face without a proper investigation. Express wrong for doing that… wrong… wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.”


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