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Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:00 AM

You can be charged, cops warn social media trolls

The police are again warning the members of the public that they could be charged under the Cybercrime Act and the Defamation Act for reckless social media posts.

"The right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech is limited by the provisions of [the law]," the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said in a release yesterday. "Persons who knowingly and/or maliciously circulate photos of persons may be arrested and charged or may face civil law suits for defamation of character."

The JCF said it has been receiving increasing complaints from members of the public that their images, along with incorrect information, are being circulated on social media networks. One recent case featured an image of a member of the JCF, who was wrongfully labelled as a criminal suspect.

Such images are extremely distressing for law abiding persons, the police said, and cause severe discomfort for their families as well. In some instances, the images can also undermine and compromise ongoing criminal investigations.

"The Jamaica Constabulary Force welcomes the public to share information that they deem useful to investigations or which highlights suspicious persons or activities with the police. However, this information should be shared directly through the established channels such as Crime Stop or with the JCF social media pages," the release added.




Slain JDF soldier to be buried today

Corporal Gabe Reid, who was shot and killed in Manchester last month, will be laid to rest today.

The 34-year-old Reid, the co-owner of a car mart located at the corner of McKinley Road and Winston Jones Highway in Mandeville, reportedly got into an argument with persons at the establishment on January 11.

During the confrontation, they reportedly opened gunfire at him and he ran.

The soldier was later found with bullet wounds in bushes and died at the University Hospital of the West Indies on January 17.

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is advising residents of Dunsinane in Mandeville not to be alarmed by gunfire between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m. today as a result of the 21 gun salute at the Oaklawn Memorial Garden and Cemetery.

Residents are asked not to interfere with and/or move any spent casings and to report any paraphernalia are found to the JDF Headquarters at (876) 960–8776.

Members of the public who may have concerns about the presence of soldiers in their area may also contact the JDF.




Swimming teacher drowns during lesson

Sixty-nine-year-old Martine Cuggia, a scuba diving instructor of St Therese, Canada, and West End in Negril, Westmoreland, is suspected to have drowned at sea on Tuesday.

Reports from the Negril Police are that about midday, Cuggia was conducting swimming lessons, when she allegedly got into difficulties and drowned. The police were alerted and she was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Investigations continue.




Cops seek persons scammed at wharf

Investigators from the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch are appealing to persons who have been fleeced out of monies in the Newport West (the wharves in Kingston) area to contact them.

According to the detectives, intense investigations have led to the arrest of a man suspected to have posed as a Jamaica Customs employee and collected sums of money in exchange for the promise of help in transacting business. The investigators are now asking other persons who may have been victims of the man’s ruse to contact them at (876) 967-1389.