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Police yesterday issued a
warning to people to refrain
from buying pepper spray and
tasers to protect themselves
as they can find themselves in
trouble with the law.
The warning comes after a pro-
liferation of social media adver-
tisements offering the products
for sale to combat the worrying
Public Information Officer of the
T&T Police Service ASP Michael
Pierre warning members of the
public that they could be charged
for having such items.
"You could be charged for having
the items in their possession or us-
ing it on someone," he said.
Pierre said pepper spray and like
items were noxious substances and
if used on people can result in crim-
inal charges under the Offences
Against the Person Act.
"It is an offence and the use of
it has not been made lawful by the
authorities. You will be putting
yourself at risk to use it. You can be
charged.The Customs Department
will not lawfully allow the items to
bebroughtinto the country because
it is not legal," he said.
Meanwhile, a petition seeking to
legalise the use of the self-defence
products, which was launched by
Nicole Dyer-Griffith,has garnered
over 1,000 signatures.
"You have to be responsible and
we are waiting for the Attorney
General to amend the Firearms
Act allow citizens to carry pepper
spray," she said.
Dyer-Griffith said there were
restrictions and pepper spray was
considered a noxious substanc-
es and legislation needed to be
"Thepetition was forwardedand
delivered to the Attorney General.
There is a need for it to be done and
there are areas we can protect our-
selves and solutions and defences."
She said tasers should be availa-
ble to police officers as they do not
have a gradual use of force.
Thousands of citizens over the
past few months signed on-linepe-
titions in favour of legalising these
items in T&T including firearms.
"I feel a lot of women need this
including myself to protect our-
selves against these predators,"
one woman said.
Pepper spray is being sold for
$250 and $300 while tasers are
available at $400. One of the ven-
dors said they were also available
to make home deliveries.
Two in court
A labourer accused of shooting at five po-
lice officers was granted $.5 million bail while
his co-accused, a plumber, was denied bail
yesterday when they reappeared in court on
16 criminal charges.
Christoff Grenville, 20, of Tarodale, Ste Madeleine
and Christopher Meade, 29, of Penalwere both shot
during an alleged shoot-out with the police follow-
ing a burglary two Thursday's ago at Gopaul Lands,
Grenville was shot in abdomen while Meade was
shot on the left arm.
They first appeared separately on Thursday before
San Fernando Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne An-
toine and were remanded into custody to reappear
The charges stemmed from a series of events on
April 27, at Union Park Road and LP 79 and Block15.It
is alleged at Union Park Road together with other
people theybroke andand entered a resident's home
and stole TT$2,000, $1,200 in a foreign currency and
an Apple IPhone valued US $1,000.
They face charges of shootingat officers Dario Ram-
lal, Michael Ragoonanan, Clevon George, Cheryl-Ann
Roberts and Melissa Suchit with intent to do them
grievous bodily harm.
The other charges againstGrenville and Meadeal-
leged that they had in their possession ammunition
and a firearm and also had the illegal firearm and
ammunition to endanger life.
The charging officerSgt Santana produced theex-
hibits, a firearm, six rounds of ammunition and a
sledge hammer in court.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan objected to bail for
Meade becauseallegedly committed the offences while
on bail for a firearm possession case. He also had a
conviction for larceny. Seedan, however, did not object
to bail for Grenville as he was a first time offender.
Grenville was granted $500,000 bail on the condition
that hereport to the Ste Madeleine Police Station three
times a week and surrendered his passport.
Meade, who was represented by attorney Subhas
Panday, was advised of his right to apply to a judge
in chambers and remanded into custody. The matter
was adjourned to June 2.
Police warn against pepper spray, tasers
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