TOO MUCH BAGGAGE ... Spartan kicks Shaneke Williams out of Miss Jamaica World
Shaneke Williams is being kicked out of the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant and is being offered to free gym membership at Spartan Health Club, which own the local franchise.
Mickey Haughton-James, owner of Spartan, said the organisation does not view Williams as "a criminal or even as an unsavoury person but just someone who does not meet the criteria for entry into the Miss Jamaica World Pageant at this time."
Under Miss Jamaica World rules, an entrant must be a person whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant or MJW title.
Haughton-James pointed out that the promoter has the right, without giving any reason whatsoever, to bar any applicant from entering the Miss Jamaica World contest whom he feels may bring the contest into disrepute.
Williams was charged with aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the alleged incident involving a 15-year-old in November 2013. The case involved former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Don Creary who was charged with rape. However, the matter was dismissed by the court after the complainant indicated she did not wish to proceed with the case.
Haughton-James said that anyone accused of the actions that Williams was accused of, and was before the nation’s court for a criminal offence in the same year as the staging of the pageant, would obviously face exclusion from the pageant.
He said that there is no investigative arm to the Miss Jamaica World Pageant, and traditionally, prospective contestants are allowed to hand in Entry Forms on the day that the finalists are to be selected.
"My understanding is that Miss Williams' Entry Form was handed in on that last day. I was totally unaware that the Shaneke Williams who was in the line-up of contestants was involved in any criminal trial or any type of scandal whatsoever. To the best of my knowledge neither did any of the other judges," he said.
Haughton-James said that following a very long meeting with Shaneke on Tuesday, he found her to be a "bright young lady, albeit maybe with some issues which should not be surprising considering her recent past".
"I made the point that while she may see the Miss Jamaica World Pageant as a platform to make a statement and redeem her reputation, that would be selfish if it was going to be at the expense of her fellow contestants, sponsors, past winners and contestants and the pageant itself," he said.