By:St. Clair Sazam Hull
(CHARLESTOWN NEVIS)-On Monday, March 21, 2016 the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court awarded two individuals five hundred thousand Eastern Caribbean dollars ($500, 000.00) and found that their privacy was breached after their sex tape was released back in 2013.
Reports indicated, that a young man was arrested in 2013 and the police at the Charlestown Police Station had his phone in their possession. The police took the memory card from the phone and accessed it via computer. During that process, the police found a sex tape and leaked it to the general public. The victims then sued the police and the government for breaching their privacy.
It was reported, that the woman received a sum of three hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($350,000) due to the fact that her face was conspicuous in the video. She was awarded $200,000.00 for general damages, $100,000.00 for aggravated damages, and $50,000.00 for exemplary damages.
The man in the video received one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00), since only his manhood was visible on the tape. He was awarded $75,000.00 general damages, $45, 000.00 aggravated damages, and $30,000.00 exemplary damages.
The Claimants were represented by Attorney Ms. Angelina Sookoo, who described the award by the Court as ‘ground breaking’.