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Monday, August 14, 2017
KINGSTON, Jamaica — There has been widespread uproar on social media after news surfaced that Shaneke Williams was selected as a finalist in the Miss Jamaica World (MJW) beauty pageant.
Williams was earlier this year freed of a charge of aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the case of a 15-year-old girl; which was alleged to have occurred in November 2013.
The case was dismissed after the complainant indicated that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.
However, since Williams was named among this year’s MJW contestants, many Twitter users have questioned the move by Spartan Health Club, which is the franchise staging the pageant, to allow her to compete.
“Shaneke Williams was arrested for aiding and abetting RAPE & sexual touching of a minor yet she's a contender in MJW? RUBBISH”, said one user, “But girl, imagine if she win and that come across international media? It will be a scandal,” said another in response.
One user noted that the charges were dropped.
“Cannot believe she made it through,” another said.
The Facebook page for the pageant today officially announced that Williams is among the 16 beauties selected on Saturday to embark on the journey to Miss Jamaica World 2017.
The 16 finalists selected on Saturday are:
#1 Shaneke Williams
#2 Kadejah Anderson
#3 Brianne St.Juste
#4 Jaavonne Taylor
#5 Latoya Tingle
#6 Solange Sinclair
#7 Amaya Lewis
#8 Megan McNaughton
#9 Rochelle Duncan
#10 Sukanya Wilmot
#11 Alana Pennant
#12 Alyssa Booth
#13 Sasha Henry
#14 Leah Hollingsworth
#15 Jeneque Pinnock
#16 Melissa Douglas
Jamaica Observer, Kingston, 14.08.17
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