Ousted top cops off island

Two top ranking Royal Cayman Islands Police commanders who were placed on leave earlier this year following news of an investigation into misconduct in public office have been allowed to leave the islands for personal reasons.

Governor Stuart Jack’s office has said both Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan and Chief Superintendent John Jones, who are originally from the UK, will be expected to return to Cayman.

In a response to questions from the Caymanian Compass, the governor’s office confirmed that Mr. Jones was recently allowed to go on a vacation, which was planned before he was placed on leave.

‘All senior police officers require permission to leave island,’ the response stated. ‘As such, Mr. Jones’ departure was approved by Acting Commissioner David George…with full knowledge of the Governor’s office.’

Mr. Jones’ return is expected following the completion of his vacation, but a specific date was not provided because of privacy reasons.

Mr. Kernohan left Cayman a number of weeks ago to attend to a private family matter and has not returned. No specific date was given for Mr. Kernohan’s return either.

‘He is expected to return when needed in line of the investigation,’ the response from the governor’s office read.

Both Mr. Kernohan and Mr. Jones remain on temporary leave status, which means they are receiving full pay while an investigation by a team of officers from the UK Metropolitan Police force continues.

According to the team’s Senior Investigating Officer Martin Bridger, the investigation as it relates to Mr. Kernohan and Mr. Jones involves alleged misconduct in a public office. The allegation relates to ‘their roles in the events’ that culminated in an unauthorised entry at the office of Cayman Net News publisher Desmond Seales on 3 September, 2007.

A third RCIPS commander, Deputy Commissioner Rudolph Dixon, was also placed on leave in connection with that case at the same time as Mr. Kernohan and Mr. Jones.

Mr. Dixon and a former RCIPS officer were arrested in May in a separate investigation after Mr. Bridger said information came to light in the course of detectives’ work on the misconduct case.

No criminal charges have been filed against Mr. Dixon, Mr. Kernohan, Mr. Jones or retired Inspector Burmon Scott in relation to any aspect of either investigation.

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