The recent sentencing of a female for unlawful has highlighted the seriousness of the offence and points to its recognition as a dangerous social challenge.
Shermel Jeffers, of Gillard’s Meadow, was found guilty on two of three counts of unlawful communication. She was sentenced on the first charge in the sum of $3000 to be paid in 14 days or six months imprisonment. On the second charge, she was bound to keep the peace for one year and bonded $6000 for the same period.
“The offences were committed between June 27 and 28, 2018 where the communication was transmitted via WhatsApp which is a messenger application that uses the internet to send messages, images, audio or video. The case was tried under Section 14.1 of the Electronic Crimes Act, under the sub-heading “Unlawful Communication,” according to a Police statement.
“Unlawful Communication is a serious offence that can make a person liable for conviction. Persons can be fined up to $15,000 or face up to two years imprisonment for this offence. Persons are asked to familiarise themselves with the legislation and be guided accordingly,” the statement from authorities continued.
Officials are trying to dissuade citizens from engaging in the practice.
Jeffers was found guilty on the two counts after her appearance at the Basseterre Magistrate Court on July 15