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Don’t incite people to break the law
Gyrating on someone without their permission is considered an assault and inciting others to do so can be considered aiding and abetting the crime.
This is the warning from the public information officer of the police service, ASP Michael Jackman at yesterday’s weekly media briefing.
Last week, Jackman stated that the unwanted touch by someone, be it in a wine at a Carnival fete or otherwise is an offence. His statement prompted ridicule on social media with some people even drafting “permission slips” to wine for Carnival.
Last Saturday, soca star Machel Montano told partygoers at Stumped cooler fete at Queen’s Park Oval: “They say yuh could get lock up for thiefing a wine. Allyuh forget that, find somebody to jam. This is Carnival. They will have to lock up the whole of Trinidad and Tobago”.
The following day Montano recanted his statement and called on men in particular to create a safe environment for women and respect women and seek consent.
Asked about inciting someone to commit an assault yesterday, Jackman said that offence does not exist, however, there is a law against aiding and abetting someone to commit an assault.
He made no reference to anyone in his comment.
“Anytime someone says by word or by action that they do not wish to engage in that physical transaction then the other party who is at the time of or engaging in that activity should stop immediately. If they should continue the law states that an assault would have taken place. No means no in any language,” Jackman said.
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