Met: ‘Dixon never a suspect’

In a stunning revelation this week, officers with the UK Metropolitan police stated that suspended Deputy Police Commissioner Rudolph Dixon “was never made a formal suspect” in connection with the Met team’s initial investigation here in Cayman.

Mr. Dixon was taken off the job on 27 March, 2008, along with former Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan and Chief Superintendent John Jones to “facilitate an investigation” into allegations of police misconduct and corruption, according to a statement made at the time by Governor Stuart Jack.

Mr. Kernohan and Mr. Jones were cleared of any allegations of criminal wrong-doing in the probe last week.

However, the statement that announced the exoneration of those two men did not refer to Mr. Dixon in any way.

“Deputy Commissioner Rudolph Dixon was originally investigated for his role in the events leading up to and including the 3rd September, 2007,” a statement from the Met team sent to the Caymanian Compass reported. “However, Mr. Dixon was never made a formal suspect for the entry into the (Cayman) Net News.”

Both Mr. Kernohan and Mr. Jones were interviewed in connection with the case that involved allegations the two had recruited a Net News employee to enter the newspaper publisher’s office seeking evidence of a “corrupt relationship” between the publisher, Desmond Seales, and Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis. No evidence of such a relationship was ever found.

Mr. Seales alleged that the entry into his office was illegal. However, no charges were ever filed in connection with the 3 September, 2007, office entry itself.

A former Net News manager, Lyndon Martin, was charged with falsely accusing another person of a crime and doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice based on his allegations that Mr. Ennis had provided Mr. Seales with confidential police documents and other information.

Mr. Martin’s criminal trial is set to begin on 31 August.

According to court documents, Deputy Commissioner Dixon was the first law enforcement official Mr. Martin approached with claims of wrong-doing against Mr. Seales and Mr. Ennis.

In February and March of 2008, the UK Met team’s officers sought search warrants against Messrs. Kernohan, Jones and Dixon in connection with the Net News incident. On 4 April, 2008 Cayman Islands Chief Justice Anthony Smellie denied search warrants against Messrs. Kernohan and Jones, but granted the warrant sought against Mr. Dixon.

In a ruling on the matter in which the Chief Justice explained why he denied the search warrants against Messrs. Kernohan and Jones, he also wrote: “I accepted, however marginally, that a different view could be taken of the involvement of Deputy Police Commissioner Dixon as the subject having the closest connection to Mr. (Lyndon) Martin and who, from the statement of Deputy Police Commissioner Ennis in particular, may reasonably be suspected to have been privy to and perhaps was associated with, the motives behind Mr. Martin’s machinations.

‘Of the three subjects, (Mr. Dixon) is the only one whom, it could reasonably be suspected, might be aware of Mr. Martin’s fabrications.

“Such a connection would make him a suspected accomplice to the blatant public mischief offences now alleged to have been perpetrated by the fabrications attributed to Mr. Martin. On that basis, there is a reasonable ground for suspicion that proof of that complicity could exist.”

The statement the Compass received from the Met team on Tuesday confirmed that a search warrant was sought against Mr. Dixon “in relation to the events leading up to and including the 3rd of September, 2007.” However, the statement said that the search warrant applications filed in early 2008 clearly indicated Mr. Dixon was not a suspect.

“While a search warrant was obtained, it was never used,” the Met statement read.

As the Met investigation continued, other corruption-related charges were brought against Mr. Dixon. However, those had nothing to do with the initial investigation involving the entry into the Net News offices.

“The investigative team had reasonable grounds to suspect Mr. Dixon of being involved in other criminality and supported by legal advice, arrested him on charges for which he will be tried in October 2009,” the Met team’s statement read.

The charges relate to two separate incidents where Mr. Dixon is alleged to have improperly released gambling and drink driving suspects. He is charged with misconduct in a public office and doing and act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice.