7-year-olds can be charged

By Alexander Bruzual
Monday, August 17, 2015 – trinidadexpress.com

ViolenceWith two children, aged 11 and 13, currently before the courts on charges of manslaughter, several members of the public have taken to social media questioning at what age can a child be held criminally responsible for their actions, and if it was right that children be made to face such a serious charge.

However, many people may be shocked to know that the age for criminal responsibility in Trinidad and Tobago is actually seven years.

Speaking to the Express on Friday, defence attorney Fareed Ali confirmed that a child can be charged in this country as long as they have attained this age.

“The age of criminal responsibility is age seven. This means that so long as an individual has attained this age, they can be charged for an offence, including murder. Now there is a rule—termed doli incapax—which states that if you’re even a day under seven then you can’t be charged with a criminal offence as it means that legally you won’t know the difference between right and wrong,” said Ali.
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    Oh yeah,7year old can be charged,but not CLICO bandit Basdeo,or his two UNC financial supporting ,criminal gang members ,Ish,and Steve,or that legal salipainter ,in disgraced AG Rammy.
    We won’t talk about pro PP coke dealers either. These morally bankrupt ,political bums,ah tell you!
    Now she have the CJ ,and his wife, in her baggy Knickers too. Just when would gullible Africans ,quit offering themselves up ,to be used ,by folks ,who don’t have their interest at heart? Hey Archie,ask her what are her government plans ,re the CCJ,and what does it say about these undemocratic comedians attitudes towards local,and regional judges,if they continue to hold on to the anachronistic Privy Council?
    Yeah CJ Archie,we know she pretended to care about your salaries,and pensions,by attempting -like ah thief in de night-with the help of (who else) Rowley,to squeeze through a bill,that would have done just that ,for politicians.
    Speaking of no charges,think someone would have the guts to talk about,much less enforce the law,where these ,uncaring ,closet criminal parents refuse to purchase a seat safety harness, to strap down /protect their underage kids,who are passengers in their vehicles?
    Nothing is more disgusting,than to observe these parents ,driving all across T&T,in their expensive,foreign made cars,and SUVs,without a safety seat for their kids,who either sits with other clueless relatives in the front seat,or is left to play around in the back,where they can be exposed to even more dangers.


    Here is this neo tribal,political fool ,trying to gain mileage,handing awards,and fistbumping ,impressionable 4 years olds.
    Let me guess,as part of her speech,she claimed to care more about kids ,than Rowley does,so much so ,because she masquerades around the globe ,with that runny nose grandson of hers as cover ,while on her foreign,medical/shopping extravaganzas…..ummmmm,official state visits.
    Oh yeah,and she. Constructed a glorified ,white elephant kids hospital in Couva ,even as she and her administration,continue to treat local public service nurses,like 2nd class citizens,and there are inadequate doctors to operate the Health institution,as a whole,much less this over priced ,electioneering monstrosity.
    Despicable ,self serving bums!
    I wonder how many votes,she hopes to garner,via such escapist foolishness folks?
    Not a single plan to deal with non production of citizens,due to the congested road mess they must confront on a daily basis ,simply because no coherent transport plans was initiated. No jobs agenda,and the sole reason ,why we are unable to get the vision of the PM in waiting, Dr Rowley,is because this political coward,scuttled the debate.
    How much longer,can citizens endure this ,and similar political idiocy folks?
    Your call!!!
    Show Kamla de door!

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