Shocked, sad and embarrassed!
These were some of the emotions the teenaged boy and girl at the centre of the indecent picture printed in the SATURDAY SUN almost two years ago, said they felt after viewing their pictures on the newspaper’s back page.
The two minors expressed their disappointment while testifying today at the District ‘D’ Magistrates’ Court, where proceedings continued against the Nation Publishing Co. Limited’s trio of Publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens, Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris and News Editor Sanka Price, who are charged with publishing an indecent picture of two minors in the SATURDAY SUN on October 26, 2013.
Under examination by prosecutor Inspector Eustace Ifill, the fourth form male student recalled how he had been in a state of shock after seeing the picture in the newspaper.
“I was shocked after seeing the picture. I was shocked that they would put something like that in the paper,” he said.
He explained that from the positions of the two people in the picture and the familiarity of the surroundings, he immediately recognized it was him and his partner.
The 16-year-old said: “I looked at the picture and it looked like me and *** having sex at school. When I start to read the article it described the school uniform and the colour panty she was wearing.”
In fact, so upset was the boy after having seen the picture on the newspaper’s back page, he tore it out and stuck it in the middle of the paper before taking it home to his mother.
The teenaged girl also expressed regret about partaking in the sexual act while being examined by Sergeant Janice Ifill.
A cellphone video of the incident also made rounds across social media site Facebook.
She said from the time she saw the image of the girl bent over a desk in the newspaper she immediately knew it was her.
“I felt real bad and embarrassed after seeing the picture,” she told the court.
The two teenagers both admitted to engaging in sexual intercourse while at school at the Alma Parris Memorial Secondary School, sometime in September of 2013.
However, they said they did not give permission to anyone to take pictures of them.
Magistrate Alliston Seale heard that the two had known each other on entering school and were in a relationship.
On that fateful day in September of 2013, the girl recalled how she was leaving to go to another class when her boyfriend entered the classroom and closed the door.
She said she walked up and down the classroom, but he held on to her and asked her why she was trying to get away from him.
After a brief conversation, they went to the back of the classroom where they had sexual intercourse.
She said that while they were glass windows around the classroom, she did not see anyone else watching them.
However, she said later on in the day, while in class, she heard students talking about the incident.
She was subsequently arrested and charged the next day.
Today, the girl’s mother also took to the stand, where she described her daughter as a “slow learner”.
She said she found out about the incident after going by her cousin’s house, where she saw the video of her daughter and “a boy from school” on Facebook.
It was only after attending court the next day that she saw the picture in the newspaper, after her daughter’s father brought one to the court.
She said after looking at the article she was “angry”.
All three witnesses will return to court tomorrow to be cross-examined by the Nation Publishing Co Limited’s attorney Ezra Alleyne and to identify exhibits which were not present at court today.
Alair Shepherd, QC, the other attorney representing the newspaper, was absent from today’s proceedings.