Former MLA arrested in ‘cow cod’ incident

Royal Cayman Islands Police arrested a 48-year-old man Monday in connection with a reported assault in Bodden Town last week.

The man who has been arrested was identified as former Bodden Town MLA Osbourne Bodden by the other man involved in the incident. RCIPS officers would not confirm either individual’s identity on Tuesday.

“We can confirm that on Monday, 18 October 2010, a 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of ABH (assault causing bodily harm),” a police spokesperson wrote in an e-mail sent Tuesday afternoon. “He has been released on police bail while enquiries are ongoing.”

No charges had been filed in the incident, police said.

Investigators are looking into a report made by a man who said he was assaulted in the street by a whip-wielding male the evening of Tuesday, 12 October.

The whip, according to 41-year-old Kirk Watler, is made of twisted leather from a bull’s penis – called a bull whip or cow cod.

Mr. Watler told the Caymanian Compass last Thursday that he was attacked sometime between 5pm and 6pm on Bodden Town Road. He said he suffered neck injuries as well as bruising and lacerations to his back, chest, neck and forearm.

“When I got up Wednesday morning, I couldn’t turn my neck,” Mr. Watler said in a telephone interview from his Bodden Town home. “I’m laying down on my stomach talking to you now.”

Police said they received a report of the incident around 6.40pm Tuesday the 12th. An RCIPS spokesperson later confirmed officers were looking into the case.

Mr. Watler identified Mr. Bodden as the man who was involved and said he gave Mr. Bodden’s identity to police.

The Compass contacted Mr. Bodden last week regarding the incident. He declined to comment.

The newspaper again contacted Mr. Bodden Tuesday afternoon regarding his arrest. He noted that there was a process involved that included presenting a case file to the Legal Department and that he had not been charged with any crime.

“I am confident that when
the truth comes out I will be vindicated,” Mr. Bodden said.