Cell phone message was harassment

Using a cell phone to harass an ex-boyfriend cost Brisaida Swaby $450 in Summary Court this week.

Swaby, 24, pleaded guilty in May to using an Information and Communications Technology network to harass the man.

Magistrate Grace Donalds requested a social inquiry report before passing sentence.

On Monday, Crown Counsel Kirsty-Ann Gunn set out details of the charge. She said Swaby and the man had been in a relationship, but it ended around February 2007.

She continued to contact him and her demeanour towards him was threatening. In October 2007 she sent the message that led to the charge against her.

Mrs. Gunn said the message was in Spanish. It translated as: ‘You went with her. You believed that I said that the day you went in an airplane with her you are a dead man. The best you don’t return because I’m going to kill you I swear by my mother.’

The magistrate read the social inquiry report and asked Swaby if she wished to say anything. She did not.

It is an offence under the ICT Authority Law to use an ICT network to defraud, abuse, annoy, threaten or harass any other person.

An ICT network includes networks used in connection with telecommunications or the Internet.

The penalty in Summary Court can be a fine up to $10,000 and imprisonment for up to one year.

The maximum sentences are double in Grand Court.

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