Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 20th 2015 Contents A11
Monday, July 20, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
BAILIFF'S SALE AFTER LEVY
MUSICAL and ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, SHOWCASES
DATE: TUESDAY 21ST JULY 2015 at 10:00 A.M.
PLACE: 233 Eastern Main Road, El Dorado, Tunapuna
Upon the instructions of William Soon, Licensed Bailiff,
I will offer for sale by public auction on the date and at
the place mentioned above the following goods levied
upon for arrears of rent owing by JC MAXX COMPANY
Las Paul electric guitars, acoustic guitars, Roland Cube
amplifiers, Peavey amplifiers, drum sets, assortment of
speakers, six PA horns, one mandolin, banjos, guitar
stands, assortment of electronic spare parts, shelving
units, glass showcases, gondola shelving units, laundry
hamper, clothes hanger, wrought iron storage racks,
computer desks, car electronic accessories, suitcases,
office desks, office chairs, HP computer system, HP
printer, 4-drawer filing cabinet, Dell computer system,
Night Owl DVR and cameras
AND OTHER ITEMS NUMEROUS TO MENTION
Terms of sale:
• Goods will be offered for sale "en bloc"; in the alternative
goods, will be sold individually
Goods will be sold "As is, Where is"
Payment for purchases must be made in cash only
Goods will be sold subject to a buyer's premium of 10 percent
of purchase price
All goods must be removed immediately after sale upon
payment in full of bids and charges
Viewing of goods on Monday 20th July from 1:00 p.m. to
3:00 p.m. only
A UK man was recently arrested on sus-
picion of "abstracting electricity," after
charging his iPhone on a London Over-
But did you know that abstracting elec-
tricity is actually an offence in Trinidad and
Tobago? Section 11 of the Larceny Act, Chap.
11:12 provides that:
"Any person who maliciously or fraudu-
lently abstracts, causes to be wasted or divert-
ed, consumes or uses any electricity is liable
to be punished as in the case of simple lar-
ceny." The penalty for simple larceny under
the Act is imprisonment for five years.
This offence may therefore be committed
by someone who bypasses his electricity
meter or reconnects a disconnected meter
or who unlawfully obtains a free electricity
supply. What is more subjective, however,
is how wastage is interpreted or quantified.
While the offence itself may seem odd,
abstracting electricity may pose a serious
problem to homeowners and landlords.
It has been reported in the media that
criminal gangs are working in housing estates,
offering desperate bill payers the option of
rewiring meters at a cost.
Other bill payers are sometimes tempted
to have a go themselves, to hide their excessive
energy use. And some may simply refuse to
pay for an electricity supply, preferring instead
to borrow it from someone else.
Abstraction presents a huge safety risk to
people and property as it can lead to elec-
trocution, sparking, fire or even explosions.
This column is not legal advice. If
you have a legal problem, you should con-
sult a legal adviser.
The offence of abstracting electricity
What can you do if you suspect that your electricity
supply is being tampered with?
If you have evidence to suggest abstraction is
happening, you first need to obtain access to the building
or site to which you suspect your electricity supply is
being rerouted. There is good chance access will not be
voluntarily given and either an injunction or assistance of
the police in obtaining a warrant may be necessary.
What if my tenant is abstracting electricity from me
or someone else?
This is a very serious breach of tenancy, aside from
being a criminal offence, and if you have evidence to
suggest abstraction is happening, you may have grounds
to seek eviction. If you need to pursue an eviction order,
the witness evidence provided by an experienced
electrician or officer of the T&T Electricity Commission
would be helpful in illustrating the dangers of abstraction.
What about charging my phone in a public place?
Do not assume the existence of an electrical outlet
gives you licence to use it. If you need to plug-in your
laptop or phone charger at any place other than home or
the workplace, it would be prudent to obtain permission
from someone in authority.
Links Archive July 19th 2015 July 21st 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page