Like a stable hand mucking out horseshit and incognisant of the scent, Trinis have become indurated* against violent crime, and lethal road traffic incidents. Which is why people are defending Ian Alleyne for showing the face of a minor on national television, from a mobile phone video, in which she was actively being raped! Not only is identification of the minor against the law, but also the insensitivity of the whole issue surrounding the airing of the video clip is morally reprehensible.
Alleyne pleaded guilty under Section 32(2) of the Sexual Offences Act, which states:
‘A person who publishes or broadcasts any matter contrary to subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of $25,000 and to imprisonment for five years.
Subsection (2) refers to —
(a) in the case of a publication in a newspaper or periodical, any proprietor, any editor and publisher of the newspaper or periodical;
(b) in the case of any other publication, the person who publishes it; and
(c) in the case of a broadcast a body corporate, which transmits or provides the programme in which the broadcast is made and any person having functions in relation to the programme corresponding to those of an editor of a newspaper.
I’m not concerned with whether or not Alleyne provided a ‘service’ by facilitating the capture of the rapist/rapists. I’m concerned with whether or not he could have done so without breaching the law. I suggest that he could have, with some editing, removed or hidden the face of the victim.
Does this mean that he should be allowed leniency under ‘mitigating’ circumstances for his act? I say no, as a ready alternative was open to him.
Frankly, I am now pleased that he can be called publicly a criminal… it may teach him a lesson that the young victim might well have learnt/is learning also (by taunts, whispers and sniggers) arising from the identification through the video being aired on national television. I confess, I look forward with great delight to naming both Alleyne and Machel Montano as criminals.
*Indurate: Emotionally hardened