Age of criminal liability to increase

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Children who commit criminal acts and are under the age of 12 will no longer be liable for the offences under the law.

Public Safety Minister Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin announced yesterday that the age of criminal liability will be increased from 8 to 12 years old.

The minister said an amendement will be made in parliament before the end of the year.

“Antigua and Barbuda is keeping apace with the developments around the world,” the minister said.

“At age eight, the tenderness of that child is such that they cannot form the mental element of criminal responsibility,” he added.

The decision was taken “after many talks and discussions” and the minister said eight years is much too low.

“Antigua and Barbuda will not be left behind,” he told a news conference.

The minister also announced plans for the full operationalisation of a legal aid clinic, a sexual offences court and an anti-corruption unit.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Commendable move.
    Now on to the decriminalization of marijuana. We were promised this before year end but I guess the non Antiguans are not complaining so aryu no kay.

  2. Cutie I work in your ministry and me too shame of you with how you lie and love interfere with the free flow of how civil servants should carry out their function.

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