Opposition MP Sherod Duncan secures $200,000 bail for cybercrime offence

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Opposition Member of Parliament, Sherod Duncan at court today

Opposition Member of Parliament, Sherod Duncan who is accused of calling GECOM’s IT Manager, Aneal Giddings, a “jagabat” and a “trench crappo” during his ‘In the Ring’ Talk Show aired on Facebook, was this morning released on $200,000 bail by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.

At the Diamond/Golden Grove Magistrates’ Courts, Duncan pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on January 11, without legal or lawful justification or excuse, he used a computer system to publish electronic data about Giddings with the intent to humiliate, embarrass and to cause emotional distress.

The charge was instituted pursuant to the Cyber Crime Act. Duncan, 42, a father of three, was represented by Attorneys-at-Law Khemraj Ramjattan, Nigel Hughes, Narissa Leander, and Amanza Walton-Desir. The Opposition Member of Parliament will make his next court appearance on February 10.

Police said that on January 12, at around  11:30hrs Giddings, 36, of Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) filed a complaint against Duncan. The GECOM staffer alleged that Duncan made a number of derogatory statements against him on January 11 during his Facebook show in which he was called by name and referred to as ‘jagabat’, ‘trench crappo’ amongst other disrespectful names.

Giddings alleged that Duncan’s utterances have caused him significant emotional stress and humiliation. As such, the mentioned video was identified and downloaded from the Facebook page under the name ‘Sherod Avery Duncan’ by the Police and a statement was then taken from Giddings.

Duncan was arrested last week Thursday and taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown where he was charged and released on $100,000 station bail pending his court appearance.

GECOM IT Manager, Aneal Giddings

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