Posting Defamatory Information Online Has Landed Woman in Jail

Kingston, Jamaica (McN) – A woman who posted false information on social media about her ex, is now behind bars.

The police have arrested and charged 35-year-old Amieka Mullings on Monday (Feb) under the Cybercrimes Act, after she posted pictures on social media claiming her ex-boyfriend is wanted for rape, assault and murder.

A statement from the National Security Ministry says investigations by the police revealed the information Mullings posted online was false, malicious and constituted malicious communication under the cybercrimes law.

The National Security Minister, Robert Montague and the head of the police Communications Unit, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay police states, the information circulating on social media alleging that persons are being abducted and killed so their organs can be harvested and sold, is entirely false.

He said investigations are pointing to persons who are spreading this false information with ulterior motives, and the matter is being investigated by the police Cybercrimes unit for actions, as these reports undermine the work of the security forces, making an already difficult situation worse.

The public is being warned that under the new Cybercrimes legislation, a person who commits an offence by using a computer willfully with intent to send another person any data, whether in the form of a message or otherwise, that intends to cause, or is reckless, and as to whether the sending if the data causes annoyance, distress, anxiety, that person can be fined not exceeding four (4) million dollars, or imprisoned for a term not exceeding four years, or both, by a parish judge if the person is a first offender.

National Security Minister, Mr. Montague is asking persons engaged these social media practices to stop from doing so, as they could be arrested and charged in criminal violations of the Cycbercrimes Act.

Persons are also being asked to exercise caution in the material they social-share online, as they too can be charged under the Cybercrimes Act.

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