Charges against cop dropped

Suspended Cayman Islands Deputy Police Commissioner Rudolph Dixon has had two criminal charges against him dropped.

That means Mr. Dixon will only be facing one count each of misconduct in a public office and doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice when his criminal trial gets under way later this month.

The two charges that were withdrawn by the Crown on 15 September related to an allegation that Mr. Dixon had, in 2003, falsely represented to then-Chief Inspector of the Cayman Brac Police Station Reginald Branch that it was police policy not to prosecute gambling offences.

The charge stated that Mr. Dixon ordered the release of two men in the Brac ‘without reasonable excuse or justification’ and that he told Brac officers to return a quantity of cash and gambling registers to the suspects.

The remaining two charges against the Police deputy commissioner alleged that he improperly ordered a police inspector to release a drink driving suspect from the George Town Police Station in 2004.

That inspector, Burmon Scott, was initially arrested in connection with the case but was later released from custody without charges and was eventually cleared of any alleged wrong-doing.

Mr. Scott has since sued for wrongful arrest.

Mr. Dixon’s attorney, Michael Alberga, said Friday that he expected trial against his client to proceed toward the end of this month.

‘As far as we know, unless they’ve changed their position,’ Mr. Alberga said, referring to the Crown.

The charges against Mr. Dixon represent the final criminal matter to be resolved in the on-going Operation Tempura investigation, that’s been active in the Cayman Islands since September 2007.

Some $10 million has been spent on the UK-led misconduct investigation, including a $1.275 million pay out to a sitting Grand Court judge who was erroneously arrested by investigators.