(Trinidad Guardian) Police officers were called in to deal with a situation at the University of the West Indies’ St Augustine campus on Wednesday after a male student pepper sprayed a female classmate following an argument over a group project.
The female student was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) for treatment. She was eventually discharged.
The pepper spray incident occurred around 5 pm on Wednesday at the campus’ Teaching and Learning Complex (TLC).
UWI security questioned the suspect and he was taken to the St Joseph Police Station for questioning before he was eventually released.
According to reports, the suspect and his victim were part of a group project together.
The suspect accused his classmate of plagiarism.
The argument escalated to a physical confrontation between the two.
During the confrontation the suspect pulled out the pepper spray and used it on the victim. The victim was sprayed in her face.
Another female student was also injured during the incident.
After about four hours at the St Joseph Police Station the suspect was released without charge.
Pepper spray is currently illegal in this country according to Section 2 of the Firearms Act of 1971 Chapter 16:01 which makes it unlawful for persons to carry “any weapon of whatever description or design which is adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid gas or other substances”.