History was created in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday when a woman pleaded guilty to four counts of libel by electronic communication, brought under the nation’s controversial cybercrime law.
Catisha Pierre-Jack, a woman from Lower Questelles, who is in her late 20s, pleaded guilty to the charges when she was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett at the Kingstown Magistrate Court.
She is accused of having made the comments about her older sister, Crystal Pierre, who filed a report with police.
Pierre-Jack was booked on four charges related to four posts she admitted to having made on the social networking website, Facebook on Jan. 30.
She, however, told the magistrate that while she made the posts, the contents complained of are true.
The accused woman told the court that she had a witness who would testify that what she had said in the posts is true.
However, the senior magistrate adjourned the hearing of the facts and sentencing until Friday.
He said that he needed some time to do some research on the law, noting that it was the first time that such a matter was being brought before the court.
The accused woman is facing a penalty of up to EC$50,000 and two years imprisonment.
The cybercrime law was passed in 2016 amidst local, regional and international outcry.