Man charged for circulating “malicious” message on social media
Police have formally charged Omar Shawn Watson, 39, of Maxwell, Christ Church, for the offence of malicious communication.
He is expected to appear at the District “A” Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Police say that earlier this month, a message appeared on social media which was menacing in character and caused Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley annoyance, distress and anxiety. Investigations led to Watson’s arrest.
In a statement announcing the charge, Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch said the Royal Barbados Police Force had noticed the use of social media “to present malicious communications which at times can be very damaging to persons’ reputations”.
“We are warning persons to desist from this type of behaviour which constitutes a criminal offence and once reported there will be an investigation,” he said. (PR)