Local promoter Dexter Mitchell, who was dragged before the court last week on criminal charges in relation to domestic abuse has been relieved of his duties as Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the 2-year-old Grenada Invitational track & field meet, pending the outcome of his matter.
The Management Committee of the Grenada Invitational Inc. made the announcement via a press statement issued last week Thursday.
According to the statement, which was signed by Chairman of the Grenada Invitational, Michael Bascombe, another Director, Karline Purcell, has assumed the responsibility as acting chair, temporarily.
The statement reads as follows:
“The Grenada Invitational Inc. has noted the recent developments involving the chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Mr Dexter Mitchell.
While this is a personal matter and we believe in due process and clearly don’t want to cast judgment at this point, the Management Committee has decided that it would be in the best interest of the Grenada Invitational, and by extension Grenada, that Mr. Mitchell does not continue to serve as Chair of the LOC at this time.
“Therefore, with immediate effect, Mr Mitchell has been relieved from the post as Chairman of the LOC. Ms Karline Purcell has assumed responsibility as acting Chair, temporarily.
“We once again thank all stakeholders and the people of Grenada for their continued support in the Grenada Invitational.”
On June 12, Mitchell was placed on EC$15, 000 bail with 2 sureties after he appeared in court on 5 summary charges in in-camera proceedings, for allegedly engaging in physical abusive acts against his long-time female companion, who is a lawyer by profession.
According to an informed source, Mitchell is facing 2 charges for assault, 2 for Obscene Language and 1 for Unlawful Entry, in connection to the incident, which allegedly occurred on May 21.
If found guilty, Mitchell faces a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment for the offence of Unlawful Entry and a fine of EC$1, 000 and or 3 months imprisonment for the Assault and Obscene Language charges.
Mitchell, who is a co-founder of the Grenada Invitational event, is also the Chief Executive Officer of his brainchild talent agency, Made in Grenada.
He has also served as the head of the management team of the Grenada Carnival Committee.