Cops: Get permission before thiefing a wine

By Jensen La Vende
January 11, 2016 – guardian.co.tt

CarnivalWith the Carnival season now in full swing, police are warning people who plan to gyrate on others that they can be arrested for assault if the person they want to “thief a wine on” decides to engage the police.

Speaking at the weekly media briefing yesterday, public information officer of the Police Service ASP Michael Jackman said it is an assault to touch someone without their consent.

“Any physical touching where there is no consent with one of the parties involved is in fact unlawful and can be deemed an assault,” Jackman said when asked about unsolicited gyrating.

Asked about plans to ban glass bottles for Carnival events, Jackman said the necessary stakeholders are having discussions about that. He added that Gold Commander DCP Deodath Dulalchan and alternate Gold Commander ACP Radcliffe Boxhill met with the heads of the nine divisions to ensure a full turn out of police officers.

Jackman said there have been a major decrease in criminal activity during the Carnival period.

Last year, there was a 33 per cent decrease in serious crimes reported compared to the year before. He added since 2012 there have been an 87 per cent decrease in serious crimes during the Carnival period.

He called on both locals and foreigners to be vigilant during the Carnival period.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2018-01-10/cops-get-permission-thiefing-wine

3 Responses to “Cops: Get permission before thiefing a wine”


  • Machel: We go take lock up*
    When it comes to wining, it’s better to seek forgiveness than permission. That was the advice of soca monk Machel Montano to the feting crowd, during his Carnival 2018 stage debut at Tribe/Red Ants’ Stumped, at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair, on Saturday night.

    Police, Womantra says: Don’t listen to Machel
    It would be wise for Mr. Montano to remember his own brush with the law for physical assault before he advises anyone to seek forgiveness, rather than ask permission. His own distaste for strangers approaching him at Carnival for wine, conversation, autograph or otherwise is also well known.

    Man risks jail, wines on Machel without his consent
    CARICOMEDY NEWS — Acting immediately on Machel Montano’s advice to “seek forgiveness, not permission” when looking for a wine, a large, hard-backed Afro-Trinidadian man reportedly wined upon Montano’s buttocks without his permission and is now seeking the soca sensation’s forgiveness.

    MACHEL CHANGES TUNE*
    SOCA star Machel Montano says consent before winning is important if men are to make women feel safe and respected. Montano’s statement followed a backlash of criticism about comments he made on stage at Tribe/Red Ants’ Stumped fete…

    Video of man ‘braced’ from Carnival wine goes viral

    Man ordered to pay $12,000 for sexual touching during Carnival
    Penal resident Govind Seepersad has been ordered to pay $12,000 for the sexual touching of a woman. Seepersad was ordered to pay the sum when he appeared in the San Fernando High Court today.

  • Don’t incite people to break the law
    Gyrating on someone without their permission is considered an assault and inciting others to do so can be considered aiding and abetting the crime.

  • You could get charged/fined for wining like that
    Carnival is usually wining season, but police are warning men they may be charged for wining on people without consent. The actual penalty for “thiefing a wine”, however, would be at the discretion of the court, said acting ASP Michael Jackman at the weekly police press briefing.

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