KNOW YOUR LAWS: Malicious communication

KNOW YOUR LAWS: Malicious communication


  1. Malicious communications

(15. — (1) A person shall not use a computer to send a message, letter, electronic communication or article of any description that —

(a) is indecent or obscene;

(b) constitutes a threat; or

(c) is menacing in character,

with the intention to cause or being reckless as to whether he or she causes annoyance, inconvenience, distress or anxiety to the recipient or to any other person to whom he or she intends it or its contents to be communicated.

(2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or both and in the case of a subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.

Please note

In this act “computer” means a device that accepts information, in the form of digitalized data, and manipulates the information for some result based on a program or sequence of instructions on how the data is to be processed;


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  1. I only hope that law goes out to the fly by night wannabe journalists who cause anxiety to the locals as well. We need to get rid of laws, not implement more laws on the poor people.

    In the beauty of Holiness....


  2. Doesn't 15-1 (b) violate our constitution?

    1-1 (b) freedom of conscience, of expression and of assembly and association; and


  3. How could computer messages in this regard be admissible in court when digital images/ video footage is not..?

    Please clarify as I cannot see how you or a prosecuter can convict me based on a message...messages could be intercepted and even edited before reaching ots destination. ....CASE DISMISsEd!


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