Mr. Morris was previously in the news on an alleged rape charge in 2007: he was the Nation News Associate Managing Editor in July when the alleged rape occurred. He was arrested and charged by police on August 14, 2007. Several local news organizations reported the story at the time, but online versions no longer appear available. For example, the Nation reported:
Journalist On Sex Charge
ROY MORRIS, managing editor of The Nation Publishing Company, appeared before the District “B” Boarded Hall Magistrates’ Court yesterday on a charge of rape.
Morris, of Warrens Park, St Thomas, was not required to plead to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female.
There was no objection to bail and Magistrate Robert Simmons released him on a surety of $10 000, ordered him to turn in his passport, and to report to the nearest police station thrice weekly – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The matter was adjourned until November 1.
The current state of this clear is unclear, looking at what is available through online searches, so perhaps it will be a story that is brought up to date on the new digital paper. It will be interesting to see what impression this new publication makes on the regular print media, their online versions, and the local blogs.