KNOW YOUR LAWS: Threats

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KNOW YOUR LAWS: Threats

images“Know you laws” is a production of the Press Office of the Royal St Lucia Police Force.

Definition of Threat

In this Code, unless the context otherwise requires, “threat” means
(a) any threat of criminal force or harm;
(b) any threat of criminal damage to property;
(c) any threat of libel or slander;
(d) any threat that a person shall be prosecuted on a charge of having committed any offence, whether such alleged offence is punishable under this Code or under any other law, and whether it has or has not been committed.

Section 543 of the Criminal Code of Saint Lucia

THREATENING WORDS OR GESTURES

A person who—
(a) utters to or at any other person any threatening words or gestures or behaviour; or
(b) in any public way or public place, utters any threatening words to or concerning any other person,
is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1,000.

Section 544 of the Criminal Code of Saint Lucia

THREAT OF DEATH BY WRITING

A person who by writing, threatens—
(a) another person with death or grievous harm;
(b) the commission of arson or any indictable offence under Part 1,
…is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for 2 years.

Section 545 of the Criminal Code of Saint Lucia

THREAT OF HARM WITH INTENT TO PUT IN FEAR

A person who threatens any other person with unlawful harm, with intent to put that person in fear of unlawful harm, is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for one year.

This has been “Know Your Laws”. We at the Royal Saint Lucia Police force encourage the citizenry to read and study the laws which governs our society. Never forget that knowledge is power.

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  1. Knowledge is power Wisdom is Strength
    Ignorance of the law is no excuse the law of the land is to be respected and is not a topic to be debated negatively, it represent law and order in a society of free will individuals.
    It is the most powerful weapon to utilize, a set of by words that cannot be bent to fit ones agenda serving both the lowly and the powerful, the rich and poor alike thank you (RSLPF) for the education offered at no charge to our citizen, in every circumstances perseverance is key to a conclusion, right makes might and might always prevail, approach your situation cautiously choose your battles when in doubt refer back to the letter of the law of the land, be strong, courageous, determine to make your voice heard. My people unite.

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  2. If this is the case on threats, why is it that it is taken so lightly? I made a formal report of verbal death threats made to me and was told by the investigating officer that he will contact me soon. Yet to happen, and as I type this the person who threatened me is driving by. I am a rational person and will not act stupidly but if this person gets brave enough and I act accordingly, I'll bet the police will act swiftly. I am a law abiding citizen, this person in a known criminal. This equation does not add up,but as the saying goes "All man ah bad man when dem press the buttons wrong!"

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  3. Since the RSPF knows so much about the law how come there is IMPACS? Does the RSPF know the law on unlawful killing by the state? Do they know the proceedures to be followed in such a case? Has the directorate, namely the MIn for National Security or PM followed the right proceedure? I am sure if the writer explores these questions his eyes would be opened and would be in a better position to explain to ordinary citizens what the law is? Besides there are numerous copies of the Criminal Code online why not direct the public to it? It just like passing a law to produce a licence when the RSPF has electronic access to that same record. Isn't that ridiculous in an information society?

    Do you know the Judicial Review process? Do you know that if the Government passes a law that is unreasonable it can be subject to judicial review? Do you know the amount of laws on our books that are contrary to public international law? I think it would serve better if the public was informed what their rights are and stop threatening them with laws.

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  4. The police doesn't come. They waitin for a killing den u seein dem.but when is for a young woman in troble arhhhhhhhhh!!! Right away cuz they want to giv de young woman full police protection. I wonder y. Anytime you in troble jus make a young girl call

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  5. Been threatened many times reported did every thing they saidto do and still nothing until something happen or you do the person somethjbg lil action will be taken

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