“Mudwata” arrested for cyberbullying

The Guyana Police Force on Friday arrested Keron Bruce, who is disguised under the cartoon character “Mudwata” for cyberbullying. The Police stated that along with Bruce, several other persons are being questioned as investigations continue.
The Police stated that in addition to the arrest, several pieces of electronic equipment were seized from Bruce’s DD Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home. In addition, several voice messages were also collected which when analysed, matched with the “Mudwata” commentary.

Keron Bruce (left) and animated character “Mudwata” (right)

His arrest came days after Owner and Editor of Big Smith News Watch had offered a $1 million reward for the proper identity of the cartoon character. Smith made this offer after a video was posted by “Mudwata” aggressively attacking him.
Smith, after the arrest, had stated that several persons had come forward with information about the “cartoon character”. As such, a court order was issued to search his house for any evidence that would pin him to the character.
The Police are obliged under the provisions of the Cyber Crime Act 2018 to investigate any report made with respect to cyberbullying – a legislation that was passed under the previous APNU/AFC Administration.
Meanwhile, upon the conclusion of the investigation, the Police will seek legal advice on the way forward.
He was released on $100,000 bail.