Friday 30 October, 2020

Gary Griffith warns internet users against online harassment

Reports of online harassment and cyberbullying are currently engaging the attention of Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.

This was revealed via a statement by the Police Service on Monday.

According to the release, the Cyber Crime Unit is investigating reports of online harassment and cybercrime. In light of this, members of the public are reminded of Section 30 (1) of the Offences Against the Person Act, Chapter 11:08, which states:

(a) Harassment of a person includes alarming the person or causing the person distress by engaging in a course of conduct such as:

(i) following, making visual recordings of, stopping or accosting the person;

(iv) making contact with the person, whether by gesture, directly, verbally, by telephone, computer, post or in any other way;

(vii) acting in any other way that could reasonably be expected to alarm or cause the person distress; and

(b) A “course of conduct” involves conduct of the kind referred to in paragraph (a) carried out on at least two occasions.”  

Section 30 (2) of the Act, further states:

“A person who pursues a course of conduct which amounts to harassment of another and which he knows or ought reasonably to know amounts to harassment of the other is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of two thousand dollars and to imprisonment for six months.”

The TTPS assures the public that it will investigate all reports of harassment online and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.

The Commissioner of Police says while citizens enjoy the constitutional right to freedom of speech, this right must not be used in a manner which infringes on the rights of others.

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