MLA elects Grand Court

Dwayne Seymour accused of attempting to obstruct justice

Bodden Town MLA Dwayne Seymour
appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday facing charges of common assault and attempting
to obstruct justice.

Defence Attorney Steve McField
advised that his client wished to elect trial in Grand Court. He then consented
to a short-form preliminary inquiry on the obstructing charge so that the
matter could proceed to Grand Court in time for the formal opening of the new
session on Wednesday, 12 January.

The matter had to be adjourned
briefly because no bundles had been prepared. Senior Crown Counsel John Masters
explained that bundles are not prepared until the Crown knows that the matter
is going to the higher court. At the suggestion of Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale,
he agreed to have copies made of the necessary material.

Mr. McField thanked the magistrate
for expediting the matter. “We want to have this matter vindicated as quickly
as possible,” he said.

Bodden Town’s third elected
representative was charged in connection with an incident that occurred at the
Grand Cayman Beach Suites on Saturday 1 May, 2010 (Caymanian Compass, 2
November).

He and Joseph Harwell Minzett are
accused of common assault on that date against a named complainant.

Mr. Seymour alone is accused of
saying, with intent to obstruct justice, “Security, you no see nuttin’.”

When the charge was put to him, he
replied, “I reserve my defence.”

The common assault charge cannot be
dealt with in Grand Court, so it will be mentioned again in Summary Court after
a date has been fixed in Grand Court.

Conviction for attempting to
obstruct justice carries a possible term of imprisonment of up to seven years.

The Constitution provides that a
sitting Member of the Legislative Assembly “shall forthwith cease to perform
his or her functions” if he or she is under a sentence of imprisonment;
however, the Constitution also provides for a delay to allow for an appeal.

 

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