A 12-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to issuing death threats to Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.
The schoolboy, who can not be identified because he is a minor, pleaded guilty to misusing a telephone to send a threatening message when he appeared before Master Nazeera Ali in the Port-of-Spain Children's Court this afternoon.
Ali did not immediately sentence him as she requested a report from the Probation Services Division to assist in determining the appropriate punishment.
Under Section 106 of the Summary Offences Act, the offence carries a maximum penalty of a $200 fine or up to a month in prison.
However, as the boy is a minor with a clean criminal record and because he pleaded guilty at his first hearing, Ali can possibly consider a more lenient sentence like community service or a reprimand and discharge.
The boy, who was released into his parent's care until his sentencing, is expected to reappear in court on January 16.
According to police reports, around 8.25 am, E999 operator received a call from a bmobile number where a male caller said: “We are coming to kill Gary Griffith.”
The call was then transferred to the E999’s police corporal on duty, where the caller repeated his threat to kill Griffith. The caller then extended his death to the police corporal who took the call. The corporal immediately informed the relevant senior officers.
A team of officers from the Port-of-Spain CID led by Insp Andre Lopez traced the phone call to east Port-of-Spain and conducted raids later that day.
After receiving additional information, the officers went to another apartment on Nelson Street where they interviewed a woman, who was said to be the registered owner of the phone which was used to make the threatening call.
On Tuesday afternoon, the boy surrendered to police and he was charged.
In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, the T&T Police Service (TTPS) stated that around 1.30 am, the TTPS command centre received another call threatening Griffith and his wife Nicole.
The male caller, whose number was registered, reportedly said: “I want to summon Gary Griffith for defamation of character against me tomorrow in court, or else I will call him and chop off he (expletive) mother (expletive) head. How you like that? And kill he wife Nicole Dyer... huh mother (expletive).”
Senior Supt Gary Edwards, ASP Anderson Pariman, WPC Giselle Moses and Varun Gosine were involved in the investigation into the threat made by the boy.
- by Derek Achong