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UPDATE: Co-founder of Tambourine Army Latoya Nugent admitted to hospital

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 3:26 PM
Co-founder of advocacy group Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent

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

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

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

Meanwhile, the Tambourine Army says it’s concerned about Nugent’s health and treatment in custody.

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

A member of the advocacy group, Nadine Spence, told our news centre that Nugent was taken to the Duhaney Park health centre where she was treated and later transferred to the Kingston Public Hospital.

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

In the meantime, the Tambourine Army says it’s disappointed in 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 woman.

It says 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 say the name of the perpetrators.