Gov’t Seeks to Crack Down on Persons Found With and Using Masks to Commit Crimes

The amendment which will be presented in Parliament today (28th April) by Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Attorney General Patrice Nisbett, who will seek the support of the House in amending Section 8 of the Act by substituting Section 6 to read: “Every person who, being masked  or otherwise disguised, unlawfully assaults, beats or robs any other person, or commits any other offence, commits an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.”

The Attorney General also seeks to introduce a new section five to read: “Every person who, without lawful excuse, appears masked or otherwise disguised except during the Carnival or Culturama or who during the Carnival or Culturama contravenes any regulation made under this section, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.”

A new Section 7 reads: “Every person who, without lawful excuse is found in possession of a mask in a public place commits an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.”

The Bill will be introduced and piloted through all three stages.

 

(Major portions of this article was incorporated from a CUOPM press release)

 

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