Use of force – weekend crime tips

Use of force – weekend crime tips

Criminal Code of St Lucia 2008

Section 34: REASONABLE USE OF FORCE IN SELF-DEFENCE

A person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances—

(a) to prevent crime;

(b) to protect himself or herself or another person from injury;

(c) to protect himself or herself or another person (with his or her authority) from trespass to himself or herself or the other person;

(d) to protect from injury or damage his or her property or property belonging to another person with that person’s authority.

Section 37: FORCE TO REMOVE TRESPASSER

A person in actual possession of a house, land or vessel, or any other person authorized by him or her, may use such force reasonable in the circumstances as is necessary for removing a person who has unlawfully entered such house, land, or vessel, and who having been lawfully requested to depart, refuses to depart.

Section 38: FORCE FOR RECOVERY OF POSSESSION OF GOODS

If a person wrongfully takes possession of or detains any goods, any other person who as against him or her, has a right to the possession of the goods, may upon his or her refusal to deliver up the goods on

demand, use such force reasonable in the circumstances, either by himself or herself or by any other person, as is necessary for the purpose of recovering possession of the goods.

“These sections of law gives you the right to use force however, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is asking persons to use caution in all forms of confrontation as your use of force must be reasonable in the circumstances and never forget in all circumstances to call the police”.

Do have an enjoyable and safe weekend.

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