Dixon trial slated for September

Several cases of interest appeared in Grand Court for mention and sentencing Friday 15 May.

The first case dealt with a mention to set a date of trial for former Deputy Commissioner of Police Rudolph Dixon.

The matter was set for trial by jury on 28 September, with a mention hearing to first proceed in July. Attorneys for the embattled officer said the preliminary hearing would run about two weeks.

Gary Callan, also appeared in Grand Court on Friday for mention. He is charged with causing the deaths of 21-year-old Sydney Miles and 31-year-old Bruce Lee Evans during a high speed chase with police early last year.

Callan is slated to return to court for further mention of these charges on 20 May.

Francis Campbell was also before Justice Alexander Henderson for sentencing on 14 May.

The 19-year-old is charged with possessing counterfeit currency in addition to uttering false currency.

Details of the charges are that Campbell tried to purchase a six pack of beer with the counterfeit currency at two separate licensed premises. Authorities were called and Campbell was arrested.

Upon searching Campbell’s home, officers allegedly discovered more fake notes. Campbell admitted to the foray, saying he had gotten the money from another man who court documents show is facing charges for breaking a police officer’s jaw.

Prosecutors for the crown argued that any counterfeiting offence warranted a term of imprisonment, citing other cases and sentences in the Commonwealth.

However, in handing down his sentence, Justice Henderson said he would take the teen’s previous good character, as well as his prompt admission of guilt into consideration.

He said though the matter was a serious one, it was not an epidemic in the Cayman Islands and he did not see the need to impose an exemplary sentence.

A probationary order of two years was imposed, which consists of nine months house arrest to be reviewed after the period, regular counselling and a stern warning regarding future conduct.

House arrest restrictions for the defendant are set between the hours of 7am and 10pm, Monday through Saturday and 7am until 2pm on Sunday.

Mr. Henderson said, ‘All things considered, there had not been a history of criminal conduct by Mr. Campbell.’ He added that the age of the defendant was also a determining factor and he would not impose a custodial sentence as long as there was another viable option.