VI­O­LENT DIS­OR­DER

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As the cur­tains come down on 2015 the Royal Saint Lucia Po­lice Force, through its “Know your Laws” se­ries, would like to re­mind the gen­eral pub­lic of the Vi­o­lent Dis­or­der Act of 2008. 354. VI­O­LENT DIS­OR­DER (1) Where 3 or more per­sons present to­gether use or threaten violence and their con­duct taken to­gether is such as would cause a per­son of rea­son­able firm­ness present at the scene to fear for his or her per­sonal safety, each of the per­sons us­ing or threat­en­ing violence com­mits the of­fence of vi­o­lent dis­or­der. (2) A per­son com­mits the of­fence of vi­o­lent dis­or­der only if he or she in­tends to use or threaten violence or is aware that his or her con­duct may be vi­o­lent or threaten violence. (3) For the pur­poses of sub­sec­tion (1)—

(a) it is im­ma­te­rial whether or not the 3 or more per­sons use or threaten un­law­ful violence si­mul­ta­ne­ously; and

(b) no per­son of rea­son­able firm­ness need be, or be likely to be present at the scene. (4) An of­fence of vi­o­lent dis­or­der may be com­mit­ted in a pri­vate or pub­lic place. (5) A per­son who com­mits the of­fence of vi­o­lent dis­or­der is li­able on con­vic­tion on in­dict­ment to im­pris­on­ment of 5 years.

The Royal Saint Lucia Po­lice Force would like to en­cour­age the cit­i­zenry to read and study the laws which gov­ern our so­ci­ety.

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