‘Bail bandits’ rounded up

Nine arrests were made last week during a police operation targeting individuals who failed to appear in court or pay fines imposed as punishment

Police said those arrested owed more than $16,000 to the court system.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service operation, conducted the police Process Department on Friday, targeted individuals who had warrants issued for their arrest.

Eight men and one woman aged between 16 and 62 were arrested.

Two of those arrested were given prison sentences of 70 days and 27 months respectively, two people paid their fines immediately and the remainder will appear in courts at a later date.

‘People who do not appear in court or fail to pay the fines imposed do not respect the criminal justice system,’ said Sergeant Angela Madourie of the Process Department. ‘We will not allow people to dodge the punishment they have been given for their crimes. People should not see a fine as an easy option. If it isn’t paid, you will be arrested and taken back before the court.’

Sergeant Marourie also stressed that the police would rather not have to go looking for people.

‘If you have been given a court date or a fine to pay, your best course of action is to turn up on time or pay the fine,’ she said. ‘Otherwise, you will face arrest for a second time.’

Police advise residents who have been issued with a traffic ticket or similar citation should pay it as soon as possible, rather than waiting until the final day of payment which can often be forgotten and missed. In addition, police said everyone should keep a record of receipt as proof of payment of a fine and record court appearance dates so they do not get overlooked.