PSA President Watson Duke is demanding that his photo be removed from a private sex registry website.
Failure to do this will see the website, my trini experience.com, taken before the court.
Mytriniexperience.com made headlines after the kidnapping and murder of 23-year-old Andrea Bharatt. The site was created to show sex offenders in T&T as government has failed to provide its own registry with the public. The site also allows for victims of violent and sexual crime to tell their story.
Duke’s attorney Kelvin Ramkissoon, in a 35-point pre-action protocol letter, asked that his client’s image be removed forthwith and they are seeking damages, including aggravated and exemplary damages for libel contained in the website publication.
Duke is also calling for compensation for the injury caused to his reputation and image.
Duke who is also the leader of the PDP party, still has matters pending before the courts, as it relates to four sex related offences and a sedition charge, following incidents a few years ago.
The letter to my trini experience.com stated that the Registry of Stories on Charges of Violence in Trinidad and Tobago is not an official registry of sexual offenders and purports not to be a government site. It further states that the site is a de facto sexual offender’s registry and contains a link to a newspaper article that deals with a sedition charge and a sexual charge is only mentioned on the website.
Duke wants a retraction and an apology to be approved by his attorneys published in all daily newspapers in T&T and on internet websites by advertisement paid for by the website’s owners.
He is also demanding that the website provide its hosting providers within 14 days so that his legal team might take proceedings against the website and the domain registrar or hosting company.