A court has ruled in favor of Dr. Philbert Aaron in a civil lawsuit involving calypsonian “Checko” in reference to a song performed at last year’s calypso competition.
Checko had performed a song entitled “Bug her” and Aaron had filed a lawsuit against him which claimed “damages for libel and slander; aggravated damages; exemplary damages and an injunction restraining the Defendant from further publishing offending words or other words that are defamatory to the Claimant.”
The suit, filed earlier this year, claimed that the song referred to the Claimant by his designation and initial “Ambassador A.”
When the matter was heard in court on Friday it was revealed that Checko, whose real name is Abel Jno Baptiste, had failed to file a defense within seven days, as prescribed by law.
This prompted Aaron’s attorney, Noelise Knight Didier, to apply for judgement in default, which was obtained.
Attempts by Checko’s lawyer, Gildon Richards, to have the judgement in default set aside failed and the matter is set for October 18 to determine the quantum of damages.
Richards has vowed to take the matter to the court of appeal.