PNP supports Dayton Campbell amid damaging sexual allegations

The People’s National Party (PNP) says the new allegations emerging against PNP General Secretary Dr. Dayton Campbell,  is ‘vile and unsupported’ and they will ‘stand in firm support’ of Campbell, as they await new reports from police investigations. These statements were made in a report published by the PNP yesterday.

Reports have also surfaced stating that four of the party’s senior officials along with two other members of the party, strongly believes that the General Secretary should ‘step aside’ until he has cleared his name from these claims. However, Deputy General Secretary of the PNP Basil Waite confirms that, though the views of the party standing by Campbell is ‘not unanimous,’ he along with other members will defend Campbell’s reputation but if the police reports into the new allegations are in fact true, then at that point, the party will chance its stance.

Dayton Campbell has filed a defamation lawsuit in March against the accuser and PNP activist Karen Cross and her co-accused bloggers Natalee Stack and Michelle Stern. Campbell claimed that the accusers have been making defamatory, malicious and false comments on social media accusing him being involved in sexual misconducts with minors.

Since the accusations, Cross has recently filed a statement of truth and fair comment defence in the civil court to support her claims. Along with this defence, is an attached document containing recent statements of three other unknown females, alleging that they were sexually involved with Dr. Campbell while under the age of consent (16 years old). These statements were witnessed and signed by Justices of Peace (JPs).

The PNP has granted a re-opening of the case following these new allegations and are awaiting the new outcomes of the report to determine Dr. Dayton Campbell’s fate.

Mckoy’s News will continue to follow up on the details of this story.

Full Statement

The People’s National Party has noted the recent spate of unsubstantiated allegations made against our General Secretary, Dr. Dayton Campbell, by a member of our party, and wishes to reiterate our unwavering position on the issue of gender-based violence.

We condemn violence against women and children in all forms. We must all make every effort to ensure that our women and children are protected from harm, violence, and abuse.

In particular, we note that it is a legal obligation to report sexual crimes against children to the responsible authorities, whenever it comes to our attention. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

When the allegations were first made in April of this year, the General Secretary rejected the allegations as baseless and filed a civil suit for damages caused to his reputation and defamation of his character.

The party immediately referred the matter to the police, which launched an investigation and determined that the allegations were “baseless” and “unsubstantiated”.

An injunction was granted by the court requiring the accuser and her two accomplices to cease and desist from repeating the allegations. 

Very recently, three documents purportedly dated back in March 2021 were attached to the accuser’s defence filed in the civil case, and those documents were also shared with media houses, which rushed to publish them.

The three documents have been redacted, meaning that the names of the persons purportedly signing those documents were marked out and have not been revealed. There are also other striking anomalies affecting those documents, which collectively undermine their credibility.

We note that Dr Campbell has urged the police to investigate all the circumstances relating to those three documents.

While DCP Fitz Bailey has today indicated that investigators are not considering reopening an investigation into the accuser’s allegations, the party urges the police to investigate fully the circumstances behind the three documents, including the accuser and the St Andrew Justices of the Peace who purported to witness signatures on the documents but failed to report the matter to the police.

It is clear that what has emerged in this matter fails to meet any reasonable standard of credibility that would make it right and proper for our General Secretary to step back from his office.

It cannot be right that individuals who are self-avowedly pursuing a political agenda can be allowed to achieve their objectives simply by making vile and unsupported accusations against senior officeholders. That would be a rogue’s charter.

The party stands firm in support of our General Secretary, as we await the outcome of the police investigation in relation to the three documents.

The accuser is also before the party’s disciplinary committee to determine whether she must be held accountable for wrongfully bringing the party into disrepute.

Writer- Natasha Williams

 

 

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