Wed | Mar 29, 2017

Tambourine Army co-founder granted bail, released from hospital

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Latoya Nugent

The case against co-founder of advocacy group Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent, was not called up in court yesterday because she was hospitalised.

Nugent was arrested and charged on Tuesday with malicious use of computers, under the Cybercrimes Act, by detectives attached to the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch.

The police said the charge stemmed from complaints about alleged defamatory comments Nugent made online about alleged sex abusers.

Meanwhile, the Tambourine Army said it was concerned about Nugent's health and treatment in custody.

In a statement yesterday, the group alleged that she fell ill while at the Duhaney Park Police Station and was denied adequate medical attention.

A member of the advocacy group, Nadeen Spence, told The Gleaner/ Power 106 news centre that Nugent was taken to the Duhaney Park Health Centre, where she was treated and later transferred to the Kingston Public Hospital.

She was later released from the hospital and granted bail.

Head of the St Andrew South police, Superintendent Arthur Brown, told The Gleaner that he was making checks into the allegations.

In the meantime, the Tambourine Army said it was disappointed about Nugent's arrest and charge. According to the group, the charge is an attempt by the State to silence a human rights advocate who has dedicated her efforts to fighting for the rights of girls and women.

It said her arrest sends a "chilling statement" to women who have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse and who are now willing to step forward and call the name of the perpetrators.