Prison Officer Adam John McIntyre returned to Grand Cayman on Thursday to face charges of theft and abuse of office.
He appeared before Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale late Thursday afternoon after arriving from Jamaica in the company of Howard Hamilton QC.
Attorney Clyde Allen said McIntyre planned to return to Jamaica the next day.
Crown Counsel Trevor Ward did not object McIntyre leaving the jurisdiction.
He faces 11 charges of theft and 11 related charges of abuse of office.
Mr. Ward said McIntyre came into possession of prisoners’ property when collecting money to pay tuition for courses prisoners would take.
The theft allegations involve a little more than $3,600 during various time frames, all ending in March 2005.
Mr. Allen said McIntyre, 46, was suspended about a year and a half ago and investigations continued. During that time a family member died and Mr. McIntyre travelled to the US and then to Jamaica.
Meanwhile, charges were laid. While in Jamaica, he met with Mr. Hamilton, who frequently defends cases in Cayman, and Mr. Hamilton agreed to travel with him here.
It is expected Mr. Hamilton will be retained as leader in the case for the defence.
Mr. Allen said these were serious charges against an impeccable officer. He said the money was given to him by the prisoners or their relatives.
Back in the old days, when they needed to pay for course materials, Mr. McIntyre would make the payments with his credit card. This system was in place for years, but now for whatever reason, it was suggested that funds in his possession were misappropriated.
‘We say it’s nothing of the sort,’ Mr. Allen concluded.
The magistrate granted bail with a cash bond of $10,000. She allowed travel, on condition that he provides a $15,000 surety, the surety’s permission and a copy of his travel documents.
The matter was set for mention again on 1 March.
The charge of abuse of office can be laid only against those in the public service. If such a person does, in abuse of the authority of his office, an arbitrary act that prejudices the rights of another, he is guilty of an offence. The maximum sentence is three years imprisonment.
If the act is done for gain, the maximum sentence is four years.