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Bain: I was embarrassed

Published:Wednesday | January 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Professor Brendan Bain, who is seeking damages against the University of the West Indies (UWI) for firing him, told the court yesterday that he felt embarrassed, stifled, and humiliated when he attended a meeting of Caribbean HIV/AIDS Training Network (CHART) days after he was fired as director of the programme.

He said the meeting was held on May 27 last year and there were representatives from about eight other countries at the meeting. He said the people knew him to be the director of CHART, but he said someone was sitting at the meeting as the director.

Bain is suing the UWI for breach of contract, breach of constitutional rights, and defamation.The UWI fired the noted health professional last May after alleging that his constituents had lost confidence in him.

An application was made yesterday by attorney-at-law Georgia Gibson Henlin, who is representing Bain, for the court to extend the injunction barring the UWI from removing him from the post.

Hugh Small, QC, who is representing the UWI, opposed the application, pointing out that the funding for CHART ended in September last year and Bain's two-year-contract ended in December last year. The Full Court, comprising Justice Lennox Campbell, Justice Paulette Williams, and Justice Frank Williams has promised to give its ruling today.


Yesterday, several documents were admitted into evidence, including Bain's termination letter, notice of termination published on the UWI's website, and newspaper reports of his dismissal. The expert report, which Bain gave to the Belizean court in relation to the legal challenge brought by a gay man, was also admitted into evidence.

Several emails and letters from civil society groups that were sent to UWI Mona Vice Chancellor Professor E. Nigel Harris expressing loss of confidence in Bain as head of Chart were among the documents admitted into evidence. One of the letters was written by Dr Caroline Gomes, executive director of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition. Bain said the letters of concerns sent by the groups to the UWI were brought to his attention by Harris.

Bain said between September last year and yesterday, at no time did any individual or group write to him personally to express concerns.