The comments which have led to this turn of events, were uttered on 21st May, 2011 on the political platform of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) of which ‘Dis n Dat’ Scarborough is a member and candidate. Scarborough suggested then and there that His Lordship was colluding with the ruling Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) to commit acts of corruption.
MiyVue.com understands that earlier today (9th June) at the Nevis Circuit Court, Justice Redhead – resident judge attached to Nevis – was to have heard a matter filed by the CCM objecting to a ruling made by a Registration officer of the Electoral Office.
Justice Redhead catalogued his feelings concerning Scarborough’s comments noting that his name has been sullied and his integrity is now in question – the world over.
His Lordship further expressed that because of Scarborough’s comments, his reputation – which he guards as he does his life – is also in question and that he is being labelled as corrupt on social networks.
Justice Redhead was adamant that Scarborough’s comments were “insidious” and “vicious” attack on the administration of justice in Nevis and that it was clearly politically motivated. He said he will not rest until Scarborough is brought before the court to divulge the details of the acts he has accused him of engaging in.
In light thereof, His Lordship recused himself from hearing appeals against decisions made by the registration officer until contempt of court proceedings are brought against Keith Scarborough and determined.
On 23rd May, 2011 – about two days after making the comments – Scarborough issued a public apology to Justice Redhead and to the other persons whom he named in his utterances.
Justice Redhead however, has refused to accept the apology describing it as a “so-called apology”. He reiterated that he will not rest until Scarborough is brought before the court.
Member of the CCM, lawyer Mark Brantley, told MiyVue.com that in the present situation, justice must be done.
“As an officer of the court, I believe that the court’s process should take its course and that justice ultimately has to be done and has to seem to be done. I believe that the comments that Mr. Scarborough made were extremely unfortunate and he has offered an apology for his comments at the first available opportunity. Whether that apology will suffice to satisfy the court is a matter for the court…”