Suspended top cop charged

A suspended Cayman Islands Deputy Police Commissioner has been charged in connection with an on-going investigation being conducted by officers from the UK Metropolitan Police Force.

Rudolph Dixon faces two counts apiece of misconduct in a public office and doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice.

Mr. Dixon is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Senior Investigating Officer Martin Bridger, who’s leading the inquiry, said he would be available for interview on Tuesday. Further details of the charges were not immediately available.

A former Royal Cayman Islands Police Inspector, Burmon Scott, who was arrested along with Mr. Dixon on 15 May, has been released without charges and is no longer a suspect in the case.

The investigation involving Mr. Dixon and Mr. Scott is separate from the case which led to the removal of three top RCIPS commanders in March. Mr. Bridger said enquiries were continuing in that case, but that he had nothing further to report at the moment.

The case which led to the removal of Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan, Mr. Dixon and Chief Superintendent John Jones is considering the role of each officer in the events which led up to an unauthorised entry into the offices of local newspaper publisher Desmond Seales on 3 September, 2007.

The entry took place during an RCIPS investigation into allegations of ‘a corrupt relationship’ which was alleged to have existed between Mr. Seales and Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis at the time. However, those allegations were later proved to be false.

The matter for which Mr. Dixon and Mr. Scott were arrested in May has never been publicly discussed by officers from the UK Met team, but is believed to have arisen out of unrelated matters which came up in the initial investigation.

Reached by telephone on Monday afternoon, Mr. Scott said he did not wish to discuss the particulars of the case until ‘it was all over.’

‘I’m just happy that I can move on, and I’m glad that my name has been cleared,’ he said. ‘I would like to regain the confidence and trust of the general public.’

Mr. Dixon was not immediately available for comment.