Police case goes to AG

UK police officers looking into misconduct allegations at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service have sent their case against a suspended Deputy Police Commissioner and a former officer to the Attorney General for review.

Senior Investigating Officer Martin Bridger said Wednesday that a file on the case against RCIPS Deputy Commissioner Rudolph Dixon and former RCIPS Inspector Burmon Scott will now be considered by the AG’s legal department.

Mr. Dixon and Mr. Scott were arrested on 15 May and held in lock up briefly on unspecified allegations. Neither man has been charged with any crimes.

‘Even though we have presented a report, I urge people not to prejudge any decisions that may be made by the Attorney General’s office,’ Mr. Bridger said. ‘Sending a report to this office is merely part of the process that any investigation can move through.’

Mr. Bridger and his team of officers from the UK Metropolitan Police have been in Cayman since September looking into various allegations about corruption and misconduct in the local police force.

The initial allegations against a senior officer proved false, but opened other avenues of investigation which led in March to the removal of Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan, Mr. Dixon and Chief Superintendent John Jones.

At the time all three men were removed ‘temporarily’ to facilitate the investigation. On 15 May, Mr. Jones and Mr. Kernohan were officially placed under investigation in relation to a misconduct probe ‘for their roles in the events’ which led to an unauthorised entry at the office of a local newspaper publisher on 3 September, 2007.

The arrests of Mr. Dixon and Mr. Scott on that date were related to an entirely separate case, the nature of which has not been explained by UK officers. Mr. Dixon has been suspended from the RCIPS.

Mr. Jones and Mr. Kernohan have both been allowed to leave the islands for personal reasons and are both thought to be in the UK. However, both Governor Stuart Jack’s office and Mr. Bridger have said the men’s absence is not impeding officers’ work.

‘It has always been – and remains – my intention to interview all people connected with those matters for which they are under investigation,’ Mr. Bridger said, adding that the case involving Mr. Kernohan and Mr. Jones had not progressed as far as the separate matter related to Mr. Dixon and Mr. Scott.

‘We have not reached the stage where I am ready to formally interview Mr. Kernohan or Mr. Jones,’ he said.

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