Boy pleads guilty to threatening Police Commissioner

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


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