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Electronic crime case against Washington Bramble adjourned

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By Latrishka Thomas

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Transgender social media personality Washington Bramble – who is charged in relation to statements made online against a local official – must wait almost two more weeks to find out if the police have mounted a satisfactory case against her.

Bramble is said to have uploaded a video and made posts on Facebook insulting Chief Health Inspector Sharon Martin on February 8 and 9 this year.

The defendant allegedly created the first post after health inspectors visited her home in response to a neighbour’s report to the Central Board of Health that Bramble had thrown faeces onto their property.

The next day the accused reportedly posted another message directed at the Chief Health Inspector.

Bramble was taken into custody on March 24 and a search warrant was executed at her home and her electronic devices seized.

But it was in May 2022 that Bramble was slapped with several charges under the Electronic Crimes Act.

The 41-year-old Hatton resident was initially slapped with nine charges which included intentionally and without lawful excuse or justification sending electronic messages through video for the purpose of insulting and causing hatred and enmity through electronic messages on Facebook on two separate days.

But when she made her second appearance in the St John’s Magistrate’s Court sometime after, Bramble was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions had instructed the police prosecution to drop all of the charges except those relating to insults made.

After doing so, the prosecution informed the court that the file was ready to be served on the defence and that they would be ready to proceed on a subsequent date.

Yesterday, however, the prosecution claimed that due to a “resource” issue they were not able to make more than one copy of the CD which contained digital evidence.

Both the magistrate and the defence questioned that possibility, so the prosecution was given 24 hours to produce the CDs.

On October 12, Bramble is expected to return to court for the fourth time, to finally hear whether her case will be sent up to the High Court.

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Children and elderly among those to benefit from new volunteer venture

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The organisation has been lending a hand to some of the nation’s vulnerable residents (Photos contributed)

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A string of local causes have benefited from a new volunteer programme operating in Antigua and Barbuda.

SkyTigerCares was formed from outsourcing and offshoring consulting firm SkyTiger, based at Canada Place, St John’s.

A food drive for the Fiennes Institute, supported by SkyTiger staff, secured $1,500 worth of food and personal care items. In addition to the care packages, $5,000 was also donated to the Master of Fiennes, Walton Edwards.

In July, the philanthropic organisation supported the West Indies Sail Heritage Foundation by donating $5,000 to the tall ship race event in the Netherlands.

“In addition to financial assistance, our very own employee and aspiring sailor J-maiah Louisor was able to participate in the event,” a release from SkyTiger said. “In his words, it was a dream come true and he felt privileged and honoured to be selected for this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

The organisation also helped local schoolchildren last summer by issuing 105 gift certificates to staff members with children between the ages of three and 17.

The volunteer programme focuses on four pillars of corporate social responsibility – environmental, ethical, philanthropic, and economic.

“We embrace diversity, inclusion, social awareness, volunteering, education, eco-friendly practices, and acts of service,” the release added.

“At SkyTiger, one of our top priorities is to be a good corporate citizen. We want to create an environment that recognises the importance of giving back.”

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Haitian police are fed up!!

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A high-ranking police officer says gangs in Haiti are making their lives very difficult and they are challenged in executing their functions.

Over the past few months, Haitian gangsters have seized at least three police vehicles, which includes two armored ones, in a wave of gang violence that has left several law enforcement officers dead.

A police source, told HCNN that an armored vehicle and several police weapons were hijacked and are still in the hands of the criminals who are still using them to fight rival gangs.

“As a police commissioner, I feel embarrassed and guilty, because I am among those who are supposed to make sure that gang violence is quelled and that security is guaranteed,” he said

He says there have been numerous times he considered resigning but has been advised against it.

One gang leader, a former policeman known as Crisla, has claimed responsibility for the seizure of the vehicles.

A spokesman for the Haitian National Police Union, Lionel Lazare, said at least 50 policemen have been shot dead, since the beginning of the year.

Police commissioner, in charge of the police academy, 50-year-old Harington Rigaud, was among the victims who were shot in the head, outside his office, on November 25.

His vehicle was also taken by the criminals.



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