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Protection Orders can be breached via WhatsApp message


If you were not aware before, Protection Orders issued in Trinidad and Tobago can include electronic media, social media and or instant messaging apps as part of the restrictions for contacting or communicating with parties involved.

On July 14th, a 27-year-old man, was found to be in breach of a protection order on Monday against his ex-girlfriend, and was placed on a $15,000 bond. The man was arrested and charged by a WPC of the Eastern Division Gender-Based Violence Unit, who continued investigations into a police report made to the Rio Claro Police Station on March 20th, 2023, in which a woman reported to police that her ex-boyfriend allegedly breached a protection order.

Enquiries into the report revealed that the woman had secured a protection order last September from the Princes Town Family Court that barred the accused from directly contacting her via voice or in written form, via telephone, text, email or social media platforms including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram or any other social media.

According to the police report, around 12:55 pm on March 19, the woman was at her home when her ex-boyfriend allegedly breached the order by sending her a message via WhatsApp.

Original Article: Trinidad Guardian, July 20th by Ryan Bachoo


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