A 34-year-old self-employed man was sentenced to 14 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to misusing a cellular phone to send a threatening message to the Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith and his wife.
Senior Magistrate, Christine Charles, imposed the sentence on Ian Sookram when he appeared in the Couva Court in Central Trinidad, on Wednesday, charged with misusing a cellular phone to call the police’s emergency 999 number to send a menacing message.
He had faced a maximum fine of TT$200 (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) or 30 days in jail under the Summary Offences Act.
The court heard that last Saturday, Sookram called the police emergency 999 threatening to cut off the head of the top cop and his wife.
His attorney, Roshni Balkaran in a plea for leniency, said her client had been drinking liquor prior to making the phone call. She said he was remorseful and in court, Sookram offered apologies to the Police Commissioner.
But the prosecution asked the Senior Magistrate to treat the threat at its highest level. She later sentenced him to 14 days in jail after considering the nature of the threats and Sookram’s guilty plea and apology. The magistrate also recommended that Sookram seek counselling concerning his alcohol consumption.